NWSL: San Diego and Racing Louisville draw blanks in end-to-end contest

Source: NWSL Twitter

San Diego Wave and Racing Louisville played out an enthralling 0–0 draw at Torero Stadium on Friday night. It was an evening of the goalkeepers as Katie Lund and Carly Telford pulled off save after save on both ends of the pitch.

First half action

Within the first ten minutes, San Diego already took control of the game. The first-year side dominated possession in all areas of the pitch apart from in front of goal. It was Louisville, however, with the first genuine attempt of the game in the 25th minute. Telford had to come up big to save Kirsten Davis’ shot from a tight right angle.

Four minutes later, the English shot-stopper was again called to action by Davis who was bearing down toward the goal. Telford’s outstretched foot kept the scores level.

On the other end, with the game opening up by the minute, San Diego also had a chance to go ahead. Kelsey Turnbow saw her shot saved by Katie Lund in the Racing goal after robbing Gemma Bonner in Louisville’s half.

Second half action

The second period picked up right where the first left off. Five minutes in, Katie Lund was in action with a fine double save before Bonner cleared off the line. In the 58th minute, Racing Louisville thought they had the opener when Jaelin Howell flicked Savannah DeMelo’s corner into the back of the net. But the referee recalled the goal for a foul on Telford between the sticks.

The away side continued piling pressure on the San Diego backline and nearly broke through in the 66th minute. This time, Jessica McDonald saw her shot saved from point-blank range after Alex Chidiac’s initial shot was saved by McGrady inside the area.

Abby Dahlkemper protests the official’s decision. (@womenkickballs/Twitter)

The best chance for Racing Louisville came in the form of a penalty after Emily Van Egmond brought down Chidiac. But Telford rose to the challenge, diving to her right to deny DeMelo a goal from the spot.

Chidiac again shook a few nerves with a chance in the 86th minute, but her shot went narrowly wide. San Diego also had a chance to score in added time, but Lund saved the attempt by Mackenzy Doniak.

In the end, the game finished with the highest number of shots taken in a single game this NWSL season with 40. Telford and Lund had fourteen combined saves for the whole game.

The end result helps neither team as Racing’s fight for the play-offs continues to hit speed bumps. San Diego also cannot seem to create a gap from the rest of the chasing pack with only two points separating them from the Red Stars in second place.

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