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Jaedyn Shaw scores game-winner as Wave surge to top of NWSL table

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Jaedyn Shaw came up big once again for San Diego on Sunday.

The forward scored her fifth goal of the season to lead the Wave to a 1-0 win over the Houston Dash. The victory launched them into first place in the NWSL standings with 30 points.

“We got a lot of chances and somehow they were just not going in the goal, and it just felt really good to be able to put one in the back of the net,” Shaw said after the game.

The 18-year-old is now one goal away from breaking the NWSL record for regular season goals scored by a teenager, having tied Mallory Swanson with eight total since 2022. According to OptaJack, all other teenage players in league history have combined for nine goals before turning 19.

With the win, San Diego has now won three of its last five and gone unbeaten in four of those games. The Wave and Angel City FC are the only two teams in the league on at least a two-game active win streak.

“To get three wins in a row in this league is really, really difficult,” said Wave assistant coach Louis Hunt. “And not something that teams do too often. So the fact that we’ve been able to do it after the run that we were on prior is massive, and it’s put us in a really, really strong position.”

San Diego’s defense also came up big, holding the Dash to zero shots on target.

“Our biggest thing has just been work ethic these past couple of weeks,” said Wave goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan. “I think we know that if we work harder than the other team on any day, we’re going to come out on top.”

The Wave (9-6-3) hold a one-point lead over the second-place Portland Thorns and a two-point lead over the North Carolina Courage.