Recap: Angel City 1, Racing Louisville 1 | 8.19.2308.19.23
Angel City earned a 1–1 draw away at Racing Louisville tonight, splitting the points for the second time this season, following goals by ACFC forward Katie Johnson and Louisville midfielder Kirsten Davis.
Angel City was the dominant team in the first half, holding up well under Louisville’s high press and finding multiple opportunities in transition. Midfielder Savannah McCaskill had the first real chance for either team in the 16th minute, starting with a long pass by defender Ali Riley that forward Alyssa Thompson ran onto. Thompson dribbled into the box and laid it back for McCaskill, who took a hard, angled shot that Louisville keeper Katie Lund saved.
Despite spending most of the half on the front foot and making numerous forays into Louisville’s 18, LA had few quality chances for the remainder of the half, posting eight total shots, two of which were on target.
In stoppage time, the home team switched on, with two near misses after the end of regulation. The first one came on a cross into the six-yard box by defender Lauren Milliet that midfielder Paige Monaghan volleyed into the far post. The second, in the ninth minute of added time, was a solo effort by midfielder Wang Shuang, who looked to have the Angel City back line beaten in a transitional foot race—but defender Sarah Gorden arrived in time to block her attempt.
Racing continued to push early in the first half, finding another scoring opportunity in the 53rd minute. A corner kick to the six-yard box landed in a scrum of leaping players and fell to the feet of midfielder Ary Borges as she made a run into the box. Borges’s shot was blocked; the ball bounced to midfielder Jaelin Howell, who sent her own shot over the bar.
Angel City forward opened the scoring in the 67th minute, five minutes after subbing on. Forward Scarlett Camberos made a run up the left wing, drifted inside, and tapped a short sideways pass to McCaskill, who sent an outside-of-the-foot flick on to Johnson. The forward made a deft cut to the right to get free of two defenders, then nailed the ball to the upper 90 to put the visitors up 1–0.
The next real chance was Racing’s first goal, in the 79th minute. Midfielder Maddie Pokorny put a cross into the center of the penalty area, where midfielder Kirsten Davis cleanly headed it into the net.
Angel City plays next at home, next Sunday, August 27, against OL Reign. The 5:00 p.m. game will be broadcast locally on Bally SoCal, nationally on Paramount+, and internationally at NWSLSoccer.com. Tickets are available here.