Recap: Racing, OL Reign draw 2-2 in entertaining affair

Paige Monaghan celebrates her first goal with Racing Louisville. with her teammates. (Photo by Jordan Prather)

A night that began with great excitement ended with a hint of disappointment.

In the 90th minute of the game, player number 10 from Louisville scored, tying the game 2-2 at Lynn Family Stadium. In the second half, Reign OL rallied to draw the match, but for the first 45 minutes, Reign OL dominated the game. Savannah DeMelo and Paige Monaghan scored two first-half goals for Louisville Racing.

The next stage for their developing team, as team captain Jaelin Howell stated, involves delivering impressive displays when it comes to finalizing their efforts. Despite the nearly identical scenario to the 2-2 draw against Angel City two weeks ago, the players in the race spoke about their determination and enhanced performance.

We’re all gutted, especially because it was a heartbreaking goal we gave away in the 90th minute. We wanted to do what we could to not let them creep back and score. Unfortunately, they came out firing and we couldn’t stop them. Racing, as a club in general, played one of our best games against a top-quality opponent in the league. Howell said, “We’re all gutted.”

The overall performance was very good. There wasn’t much difference in the halves and we just need to continue to grow. It was obviously very disappointing that we didn’t get the three points we wanted, but the quality of our play was very evident.

In the seventh minute, Paige Monaghan from Louisville scored the first goal, breaking through early and swarming Reign OL Racing (0-1-4, 4 points) out of the gates.

A obstructed Ary Borges shot dropped to Monaghan, who placed home a right-footed lower shot to the distant post.

Monaghan expressed, “Scoring my inaugural Racing goal was an immensely gratifying sensation.” “I was aware of the necessity to control the ball and direct it with force towards the lower region of the goalpost.”

Since her debut in 2022, DeMelo has now scored four goals from outside the box in regular-season play, which is more than any other player according to Opta stats. In the match against OL Reign., goalkeeper Joyce Tullis-Phallon was beaten by DeMelo’s incredible 20-yard screamer, as she swiftly turned and shot the ball into the back of the net. As the opposing team chased after a cleared corner, DeMelo added her second goal just before halftime.

Racing excelled against OL Reign. in the first half, achieving a score of 12-3. They managed to generate 18 engagements in OL Reign.’s defensive area and made 42 advances into the attacking third.

Racing had to defend mostly in the final 20 minutes, as indicated by the four yellow cards received by DeMelo. Furthermore, Racing’s lead was reduced in the 69th minute due to Megan Rapinoe’s penalty. However, the first half was well played by Racing in the sense that it didn’t resemble the draw against City Angel two weeks ago. Saturday’s match was far from being like that.

Jordyn Huitema scored the equalizing goal in the 90th minute.

Racing coach Kim Björkegren expressed, “I sympathize with the team as they performed exceptionally. It was challenging to continue with a player down, but we had a strategy in place to defend if we were leading by one goal. The red card had a detrimental impact on us. We were in command of the game and had a great opportunity to secure victory.”

Louisville Racing: Tap-ins managed to avoid defeat in their last six matches by scoring the opening goal. Additionally, Racing’s unbeaten home run was extended as they also secured a draw in Saturday’s match.

Match Overview: Racing Louisville. FC versus OL Reign..

Date: 29th April, 2023.

Location: Lynn Family Stadium.

Start: 7:30 p.M. Eastern Time.

Climate: 64°F, partially overcast.

Man of the Match: Paige Monaghan.

Attendance: 6,185.

Scoring.

Racing Louisville. (2, 0, 2).

OL Reign. (0, 2, 2).

Goals.

Racing Louisville.

Paige Monaghan, number 7.

Savannah DeMelo, who is 45 minutes old.

OL Reign.

Megan Rapinoe scored a penalty in the 68th minute.

90′ Alana Cook assists Jordyn Huitema.

Lineups.

Racing Louisville. FC (4-3-3): 1 – Katie Lund; 16 – Carson Pickett, 20 – Abby Erceg, 15 – Julia Lester, 2 – Lauren Milliet; 6 – Jaelin Howell (c), 7 – Savannah DeMelo, 8 – Ary Borges; 5 – Paige Monaghan (84’ 25 – Rebecca Holloway), 22 – Kirsten Davis (76’ 29 – Uchenna Kanu), 77 – Wang Shuang (90’+1 19 – Jordan Baggett)

Olivia Sekany wore the number 99, Zaneta Wyne wore number 3, Kayla Fischer wore number 9, Parker Goins wore number 21, Alex Chidiac wore number 27, and Satara Murray wore number 44. None of the substitutes were used.

Head Coach: Kim Björkegren.

OL Reign. (4-2-3-1): 91 – Phallon Tullis-Joyce; 11 – Sofia Huerta, 4 – Alana Cook, 17 – Sam Hiatt, 3 – Lauren Barnes (c); 2 – Emily Sonnett (81’ 12 – Olivia Athens), 10 – Jess Fishlock; 8 – Bethany Balcer, 34 – Elyse Bennett (46’ 7 – Nikki Stanton), 15 – Megan Rapinoe (70’ 23 – Tziarra King); 9 – Jordyn Huitema

18 – Laurel Ivory, 13 – Marley Canales, 19 – Luany, 20 – Alyssa Malonson, 22 – Ryanne Brown, 25 – Shae Holmes, Substitutes not utilized:

Lead Trainer: Laura Harvey.

Stats Summary: Racing Louisville. / OL Reign.

Shots: 16 out of 10.

Shots on Target: 8 / 4.

Anticipated objectives: 1 / 1.44.

Ownership: 40.5% / 59.5%.

Infractions: 10 / 14.

Offside: 1 out of 1.

Corner Kicks: 7 / 2.

Discipline Summary.

Racing Louisville.:

35′ Savannah DeMelo (yellow jersey).

46′ Lauren Milliet (yellow card).

73′ Savannah DeMelo (second yellow/red) receives a second yellow card and is sent off.

OL Reign.:

Sofia Huerta (number 71) received a yellow card.

Nikki Stanton (number 87) received a yellow card.

Official: Eric Tattersall.