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Uchenna Kanu scores first-ever NWSL goal in Racing Louisville’s season opener



By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde

Nigerian forward Uchenna Kanu made a memorable mark in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) as she scored her debut goal for Racing Louisville in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Orlando Pride on Saturday.

The opening game of the 2024 NWSL season witnessed an early lead for the hosts, as Elexa Marie Bahr capitalized on a precise long ball from Reilyn Turner, chipping the ball over the goalkeeper in the 13th minute.

Bahr turned provider just six minutes later, setting up Kanu for Racing Louisville’s second goal. Kanu, formerly of UANL Tigres, showcased her skill with a left-footed shot from inside the box, finding the back of the net.

Despite an own goal from Eli Pikkuyamsu narrowing the gap for Orlando Pride in the 24th minute, Racing Louisville held onto their lead until the second half.

However, the tide turned when Kylie Strom received a red card in the 62nd minute, leaving Racing Louisville with ten players on the field. Orlando Pride seized the opportunity, with Summer Yates equalizing just four minutes before the final whistle.

Kanu, who enjoyed 88 minutes of play before being replaced by South Africa’s Linda Motlhalo, marked her first goal in the NWSL in her second season with Racing Louisville.

Both Kanu and Motlhalo are set to face off again when Nigeria and South Africa clash in the final round of the Paris 2024 Olympics Qualifiers next month.

Following the opening match, Racing Louisville currently sits in fifth place on the league table, showcasing a promising start to the season.