Jaedyn Shaw is not intimidated ahead of the San Diego Wave’s NWSL semifinal contest against OL Reign at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday.
“Obviously, this is a super important game,” the 18-year-old forward said Friday. “It’s win or go home. So yeah, we’ve prepared for a while for this. And honestly, we’re just ready to get out there and play.
“I feel like, this is a big game and it’s a great opponent. And we’re just ready to go and kick some butt.”
That unflappable attitude will help Shaw as she and the No. 1 seed Wave host No. 4 seed OL Reign at Snapdragon Stadium with a spot in the NWSL Championship on the line. While she would not describe herself as the team’s “class clown,” she does help keep the atmosphere light in training.
“That’s just me. Like, I’m so unserious. I know when it’s time to take care of business, but I can be laughing while I do it, too.”
The relationship she has developed with veteran forward Alex Morgan also has helped Shaw in her first full NWSL season. Shaw joined San Diego in July 2022, and while she played in both of the team’s NWSL playoff games last season, the chemistry between herself and Morgan is even stronger heading into their opening game of the 2023 postseason.
“I feel like a lot of it is just chemistry starting in training. And I feel like now we kind of know each other’s tendencies and we know how to work off each other a little bit better,” Shaw said. “And honestly, I feel like I can find her from anywhere and she can find me the same way. So I think that’s really transferred onto the games and into the national team as well. So I’m really excited to see where it goes.”
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