It was Michelle Betos’ night Wednesday in Louisville.
The Racing Louisville goalkeeper blocked the Chicago Red Stars’ first attempt in the penalty shootout, setting up her side to win and advance to the final of the inaugural Women’s Cup on Saturday. There, Racing Louisville will face FC Bayern Munich, winners of the first game Wednesday night over Paris St-Germain.
In a rainy affair in front of a club-record 7,310 fans at Lynn Family Stadium, the game was tied 1-1 after 90 minutes, sending it to penalty kicks. Ebony Salmon opened scoring in the 10th minute for Louisville. Chicago equalized with a goal from Kealia Watt in the 57th minute, and the score held until the final whistle.
Betos earned Player of the Match honors for her winning efforts in net.
Katie McClure scored the penalty-kick game-winner to send Louisville to the final.
TO THE SHIP WE GO 🏆 pic.twitter.com/rAsOS54GgC— Racing Louisville FC (@RacingLouFC) August 19, 2021
TO THE SHIP WE GO 🏆 pic.twitter.com/rAsOS54GgC
Earlier in the night, Bayern advanced to the championship game after defeating PSG in penalty kicks.
The score was tied 2-2 after 90 minutes, with Bayern winning the shootout 5-4 off a Hanna Glas rocket.
Cool. Calm. Collected. We’re in the final! 😍#AllianzFCBWomensTour | @FCBfrauen pic.twitter.com/0YlYGnKBkz— 🇺🇸 FC Bayern US 🇨🇦 (@FCBayernUS) August 18, 2021
Cool. Calm. Collected. We’re in the final! 😍#AllianzFCBWomensTour | @FCBfrauen pic.twitter.com/0YlYGnKBkz
Racing Louisville and Bayern will face off for the Women’s Cup title on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. The Red Stars and PSG will meet in the third-place game at 3 p.m. ET.