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Racing Louisville wins inaugural Women’s Cup championship in PK thriller

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Bayern added to the late-game drama, equalizing in stoppage time, with Bühl forcing a Louisville own goal to tie things up.

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.

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.