17-year-old Jaedyn Shaw leads the winning wave: Youngest to score on NWSL debut

The San Diego Wave Futbol Club celebrates their victory over the Chicago Red Stars.  Photo courtesy of San Diego Wave
The San Diego Wave Futbol Club, including number 11 Jaedyn Shaw, celebrate their win over the Chicago Red Stars. Photo courtesy of San Diego Wave

Maybe good news also comes in threes.

The San Diego Wave Fútbol Club has just signed Jaedyn Shaw to his first professional contract. Shaw was called up for the U.S. National Youth Team. And on Saturday, she scored her first National Women’s Soccer League goal.

And she’s only 17.

Thirteen days after signing with the club, Shaw became the second youngest player to compete in the NWSL at the age of 17 years and eight months. With her goal on 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 the Chicago (5-3-5), Shaw scored on a cross from Katie Johnson in the 28th minute as she was biding her time for the right angle.

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

The rest was defensive play against a persistent Midwestern team. Both clubs tried several times to score, but Wave’s Kailen Sheridan came away with another clean sheet and his seventh penalty kick this season.

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

In the 81st minute, the Red Stars were awarded a penalty and Mallory Pugh tried to equalize the score. Sheridan dove to his left and blocked the ball, preserving San Diego’s lead.

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

“But at the end of the day, it was a lot of research from the coaching staff and a lot of hard work from the players on the pitch to make sure I gave me the confidence and gave me insight,” Sheridan said.

Captain Abby Dahlkemper received yellow cards in the first half and the second which will rule her out of the next game. Naomi Girma also received a yellow card in the first half. Dahlkemper handed over his captaincy duties to Alex Morgan.

After an international competition in which the United States defeated Canada thanks to a successful penalty by Morgan off Sheridan, most of the team came together.

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

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

She learned this week that she was due to take part in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup 2022 in Costa Rica from August 10-28.

Head coach Casey Stoney said of the game’s effort, “It was a massive three-pointer for us.”

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

About the team, the head coach said: “I am immensely proud that the players stuck to the task and did what they did, because it was an incredible result.”

When asked how she instilled resilience in her team, Stoney said, “I believe in them, every single one of them, I believe in them to come out and do a job. They believe themselves. »

The team has good cohesion and great characters in the dressing room, she said.

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

Stoney concluded: “It’s definitely the moment I’m proudest of as head coach of this team because you’ve seen how hard they fight now because they were ready to work for each other. . So yes, I am a very, very happy coach tonight.

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

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

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

Tickets are available at sandiegowavefc.com/tickets.