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17-Year-Old Jaedyn Shaw Leads Wave Win: Youngest to Score in NWSL Debut

The San Diego Wave Futbol Club celebrates their victory over the Chicago Red Stars. Photo courtesy San Diego Wave
San Diego Wave Futbol Club, including No. 11 Jaedyn Shaw, celebrates her victory over the Chicago Red Stars. Photo courtesy San Diego Wave

Maybe good news is coming in three.

San Diego Wave Fútbol Club just signed Jaedyn Shaw in her first professional contract. Shaw was called up to the US National Youth Team. And on Saturday she scored her first goal in the National Women’s Football League.

And she’s only 17.

Thirteen days after signing with the club, Shaw became the second youngest player to play in the NWSL at the age of 17 years and eight months. With her goal Saturday night against the Chicago Red Stars, the rising star made history as the youngest player to score on her NWSL debut.

At Soldiers Field against Chicago (5-3-5), Shaw scored on a cross from Katie Johnson in the 28th minute as she bided her time for the right corner.

The Wave (7-3-4) won 1-0 to move back into first place with a point over the Portland Thorns.

The rest was a game of defense against a tenacious Midwest team. Both clubs made repeated attempts on goal, but the Wave’s Kailen Sheridan came away with another clean sheet and her seventh penalty save of the season.

Naomi Girma (center) clears the ball in a game against the Chicago Red Stars. Photo courtesy San Diego Wave
Naomi Girma (center) clears the ball in a game against the Chicago Red Stars. Photo courtesy San Diego Wave

In the 81st minute, the Red Stars won a penalty and Mallory Pugh scored an equaliser. Sheridan dove to her left and blocked the ball, preserving San Diego’s lead.

“It’s definitely a great feeling,” the goalkeeper said. “It’s awesome to keep your team in the game.”

“But ultimately, I liked a lot of research from the coaching staff and a lot of work from the players on the field to make sure they give me confidence and give me insight,” Sheridan said.

Captain Abby Dahlkeber received yellow cards in the first half and the second, which will prevent her from playing in the next game. Naomi Girma also received a yellow card in the first half. Dahlkemper handed over her captain duties to Alex Morgan.

After an international competition in which the USA beat Canada on a successful Morgan penalty by Sheridan, most of the team was back together.

Jodie Taylor is out through injury and Sofia Jakobsson is still playing international for Sweden.

Midfielder Shaw, who signed a contract with the Wave until 2023 on July 18, said scoring her first goal was an “honour”.

She got word this week that she is scheduled to play at the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica from August 10-28.

Head coach Casey Stoney said of the game effort, “It was a huge three for us.”

On Shaw, Stoney said, “I’m so pleased with her and she’s a fantastic addition to our roster.”

Regarding the squad, the head coach said: “I’m very proud of the players who stuck to their mission and did what they did, because it was an amazing result.”

Asked how she has instilled resilience in her team, Stoney said, “I believe in them, every single one of them, I believe in them to go out and do a job. They believe in each other.”

The team has good cohesion and great characters in the locker room, he said.

“And they fought so hard tonight,” he said. “They never give up.”

Stoney concluded: “It’s definitely my proudest moment as a coach of this team because you saw how much they fight now as they were willing to work for each other. So yeah, I’m a very, very happy coach tonight.”

The Wave’s next game is at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 7, at Torero Stadium against the Kansas City Current.

That evening, as part of the Nationwide Community Impact Program 2022, Wave FC will recognize United Women of East Africa (UWEAST) in a pre-match ceremony at the stadium. San Diego defender Naomi Girma will help present UWEAST with a nationwide donation check to kick off the season-long community partnership.

Tickets for games on Saturday, September 17 and Friday, September 30 are on sale. Originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m., both games now start at 7 p.m. from the new Snapdragon Stadium in Mission Valley.

Tickets are available at sandiegowavefc.com/tickets.

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