Racing Louisville clinched the inaugural Women’s Cup title in front of a roaring home crowd at Lynn Family Stadium on Saturday night.
The tournament hosts stuck out a back-and-forth match against FC Bayern Munich, beating the German club in sudden death penalties to take home the championship.
Raise it! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/YpTIoTkvxH— Racing Louisville FC (@RacingLouFC) August 22, 2021
Raise it! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/YpTIoTkvxH
Scoreless after 45 minutes, the game didn’t start to heat up until the second half.
Klara Bühl opened up scoring, striking a low shot past Michelle Betos to put Bayern up 1-0 in the 49th minute.
Linda Dallmann ➡️ Klara Bühl 💥 @FCBfrauen pic.twitter.com/uL7zJnsIrH— CBS Sports Soccer (@CBSSportsSoccer) August 21, 2021
Linda Dallmann ➡️ Klara Bühl 💥 @FCBfrauen pic.twitter.com/uL7zJnsIrH
Racing Louisville equalized minutes later, with Jorian Baucom stripping the Bayern defender deep her in her own half and then beating the keeper to even the game at 1-1 in the 54th minute.
THE EQUALIZER 💥 pic.twitter.com/H3hQSP9hRg— Racing Louisville FC (@RacingLouFC) August 21, 2021
THE EQUALIZER 💥 pic.twitter.com/H3hQSP9hRg
Yuki Nagasato changed the game in the 85th minute, volleying in a long cross to give Louisville the go-ahead goal late in the second half.
Yuki scores. Yuki soars. pic.twitter.com/wrZBP2ZkD7— Racing Louisville FC (@RacingLouFC) August 22, 2021
Yuki scores. Yuki soars. pic.twitter.com/wrZBP2ZkD7
Bayern added to the late-game drama, equalizing in stoppage time, with Bühl forcing a Louisville own goal to tie things up.
.@FCBFRAUEN EQUALIZE IN STOPPAGE TIME 👀 pic.twitter.com/tDP9wg9vW9— CBS Sports Soccer (@CBSSportsSoccer) August 22, 2021
.@FCBFRAUEN EQUALIZE IN STOPPAGE TIME 👀 pic.twitter.com/tDP9wg9vW9
With the match even at the end of regulation, the game went to penalties. Neither side had the advantage after 10 PKs, meaning the goalkeepers had to step to the line. Katie Lund, who came in for Michelle Betos in the game’s 70th minute, rifled a shot past the Bayern goalie to put her team out in front, then turned around and saved Bayern’s shot from the spot to earn Louisville the win.
ABSOLUTE SCENES 😱Congratulations to @RacingLouFC on winning the inaugural @thewomenscup final over @FCBfrauen 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/KHVGjn5k5j— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) August 22, 2021
ABSOLUTE SCENES 😱Congratulations to @RacingLouFC on winning the inaugural @thewomenscup final over @FCBfrauen 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/KHVGjn5k5j
Lund’s PK heroics earned her the Women’s Cup MVP in her professional debut.
The win keeps the Women’s Cup trophy in Louisville and provides the club with a marquee title in its first year in the NWSL.