San Diego Wave FC left Torero Stadium the way they entered it back in May for regular season play, with a Win. Alex Morgan scored her 50th career goal while Amirah Ali and Sofia Jakobbson added second-half tallies as San Diego defeated the Houston Dash 3-1 in front of yet another sell-out crowd at Torero Stadium on Hispanic Heritage Night. Following their upcoming two-match road trip, the Wave will move into their new home at the newly built Snapdragon Stadium on September 17th and 30th.
TIME LAPSE (How it Happened): Houston opened the scoring in the seventh minute after winning a corner kick. The service was cleared by the Wave defense, but not out far enough where Ebony Salmon was able to gather possession and loft a shot over a diving Carly Telford into the side netting to put the Dash on the board 1-0.
HOUSTON GOAL: Ebony Salmon (13′ – SD 0, HOU 1)
Just six minutes later, San Diego responded off of a broken play inside the Houston penalty area. It would be Alex Morgan ripping a left-footed shot past Jane Campbell to equalize for San Diego after Taylor Kornieck was able to pry the ball free from the Houston defense before hitting Morgan with the pass for the finish. With the goal, Morgan made history by scoring her 50th career NWSL goal.
WAVE FC GOAL: Alex Morgan (13′ – SD 1, HOU 1 – Morgan’s 50th career NWSL goal)
WHERE THE TIDE TURNED (The turning point): San Diego’s offensive attack would be rewarded with the lead in the second half to grab their first lead of the evening, it would be Amirah Ali capitalizing on a ball that had bounced around in front of the Houston penalty area in a sea of bodies before she elevated a shot past Campbell to give the Wave a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute.
WAVE FC GOAL: Amirah Ali (67′ – SD 2, HOU 1)
As the clock struck the 90th Minute, Sofia Jakobbson finished off the evening with her first goal of the season on a brilliant run and finish to the back post past a sprawling Campbell to send San Diego into the Winner’s Circle on Saturday in their final match at Torero Stadium.
WAVE FC GOAL: Sofia Jakobbson (90′ – SD 3, HOU 1)
NEXT MATCH: The Wave hit the road for a two-match road trip that begins on August 27th up in Portland at Providence Park as they face the Portland Thorns at 7:30pm Pacific Time.