NWSL Game of the Week: Racing Louisville vs. Angel City FC

Christen Press of Angel City FC controls the ball.
Christen Press of Angel City FC controls the ball. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images for Angel City FC)

For the first meeting between the two teams, Racing Louisville and Angel City FC took the pitch at Lynn Family Stadium. The match ended in a 3-2 win for the away team, Angel City.

Savannah McCaskill had a brace in the game, including a stoppage-time penalty that she converted for the win. Unfortunately, Christen Press went down in the second half with an apparent knee injury that was later ruled to be a torn ACL.

Highlights: Racing Louisville vs. Angel City FC

The first of five goals scored came in the 29th minute. Racing Louisville’s Savannah DeMelo sent in a perfectly placed free-kick from just outside the box. Gemma Bonner then tapped the ball past DiDi Haračić to put Racing up 1-0.

Angel City came back in the 36th minute with a goal of their own. Defender Megan Reid sent a magnificent long ball over the back line in the path of Press. The forward shot the ball at the near post, avoiding goalkeeper Katie Lund for the equalizer.

In the 47th minute, Angel City took the lead. Press went for the curling shot to the back post. McCaskill met the ball and tapped it in past Lund, putting Angel City up 2-1.

Later in the 65th minute, Louisville equalized with a penalty. Reid took down DeMelo in the box for a penalty kick. Nadia Nadim shot the ball to the left, sending Haračić the other way to make the score 2-2.

For the final goal of the game, Angel City received a penalty kick in the 93rd minute. Lund took down a surging Simone Charley in the box which allowed for McCaskill to comfortably convert the penalty.

The thrilling match ended 3-2 with Angel City securing the three points.

Player of the Match: Savannah McCaskill

The Player of the Match would have to be Savannah McCaskill. The attacking midfield returned to Lousiville for the first time since her transfer to Angel City.

Scoring a brace is not easy, but scoring against her old team must’ve felt nice. She helped the new expansion team secure the win keeping them in the top half of the leaderboard.

What’s next for Racing and Angel City?

Racing Louisville plays the Washington Spirit on June 17, while Angel City takes on OL Reign on June 18.

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