Unlikely heroine secures important win for Utah Royals

Utah Royals win second NWSL title with goal in final minutes
Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Royals secured their second NWSL win of the season by beating Bay FC 1-0 in a game played at PayPal Park in San Jose. In a tense encounter, the decisive goal was scored by Kate Del Fava in the 84th minute, giving the Royals their first away win in the league.

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The game got off to a rocky start for the Utah Royals, who lost Flynn in the 25th minute to injury. Even so, Bay FC began to press and created several chances, highlighting the performance of goalkeeper Amanda McGlynn, who made crucial saves, including a clear chance from Oshoala, which was stopped by McGlynn, but Kundananji had the open goal, a great opportunity to open the scoring, but sent it narrowly wide of the right post, missing a good chance that would prove costly in the future.

In the second half, the match seemed destined for a goalless draw. Kundananji even scored, but his shot was disallowed for a foul. Bay FC continued to press, but it was Utah Royals who found the decisive moment. Four minutes after Kundananji's disallowed goal, Kate Del Fava took advantage of a cross and headed the ball into the back of the net, beating Katelyn Rowland and securing the three points for her team.

With this win, the Utah Royals break a run of three consecutive defeats and now have seven points on the table, easing some of the pressure on the team, although they still occupy 13th place in the NWSL. For Bay FC, the defeat was a blow in their attempt to catch Racing Louisville in the race for the final playoff spot, remaining on 12 points.

This result gives the team a new lease of life for the rest of the season, showing that, despite the difficulties, they can open up a space for growth and give themselves a breather for the next few games.