On Sunday, six teams advanced to the Women’s National Football League post-season for the first time in the league’s history. Houston and San Diego hosted their quarterfinal matches on Sunday night, and both set the all-time record on the same night.
Houston fans show up in record numbers
The fourth-seeded Houston Dash hosts the sixth-seeded KC Current at PNC Stadium at 4:00 p.m. CST. Fans in Texas and beyond have rewarded both clubs by selling the game. NWSL reported Houston’s audience reached 21,284Sell the game and register a new league attendance.
Houston conceded a goal against Kansas City early before midfielder Sophie Schmid scored the first goal in the history of the Dash Extension. The current KC scored in the 10th minute of stoppage time to advance to the semi-finals against OL Reign. The semi-final match will kick off at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 23, on CBS Sports.
Last week, Dash announced that it had sold more than 14,000 tickets which had already surpassed the previous record for home attendance of 13,025 set on July 12, 2015, against the Chicago Red Stars.
Current Kansas City striker, Lou La Punta, scored early in the first five minutes to put the visiting team ahead. Houston quarterback Sophie Schmid put the home team on the board in the 27th minute. Kate Del Vava scored in the 10th minute of stoppage time to secure the win on the road to Kansas City.
Stream advanced to the semifinals against the winners of the NWSL Shield and OL Reign Top seed. The semi-final match will kick off at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 23, on CBS Sports.
San Diego wave takes NWSL attendance title
Meanwhile, the third-seeded San Diego wave hosted the sixth-seeded Chicago Red Stars on the West Coast. The wave surpassed the record set Sunday in Houston with a crowd of 26,215 fans. In their first season, San Diego holds a playoff record and regular season attendance (32,000 records on September 17).
Similar to the game played in Houston, the wave started in the back heel after Chicago forward Yuki Nagato opened the scoring. Emily Van Egmond scored the equalizer for San Diego in the 67th minute, and Alex Morgan, the 2022 Golden Boot winner, scored the match-winning goal after 20 minutes of stoppage time.
Morgan and the Wave now advance to the semifinals against the second-seeded Portland Thorns on Sunday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports.