Gotham FC grabs second win of the season after beating North Carolina 1-0

  • Gotham FC and the North Carolina Courage played one another for the second time this season
  • This time, the Bats won 1-0
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NJ/NY Gotham FC remained at home for another tough showdown as their early season struggles continued. They welcomed a visit from the North Carolina Courage, who were sitting in fourth place while Gotham was far back in 12th place in the table.  

The Bats got some good news after Rose Lavelle made her return last week to the pitch after missing some time with an injury. She saved the day against Racing Louisville FC, scoring her first goal in her debut to tie the match. However, they still have a long list of players injured as their offensive issues continue.  

Also, just this week Kelley O’Hara announced her retirement from the sport following the conclusion of the NWSL season, hanging up her boots after a 15-year professional career. She remained on the sidelines with a knee injury. They were also without Tierna Davidson, who remains out with a thigh injury.  

It was a very defensive match for Gotham FC, keeping the clean sheet and the 1-0 win over the Courage.  

Gotham FC beat the Courage 1-0

Despite Lavelle returning, she was not quite ready to play a full match, seeing the start off the bench. There were no major changes to the Starting XI except Ella Stevens earned her first start on the season after recording the assist on the game-tying goal last week.

Gotham wasted no time as they started the attack at full force. It only took 11 minutes for the NJ/NY side to get on the board, with Esther González laying it off to Lynn Williams for her first goal of the season. Just before, Jenna Nighswonger made a beautiful pass into the attack, leading to the goal, which was a beauty.  

Williams had also been the most dangerous player on the pitch during the first half, recording six shots with two on target. Stevens was very effective in the attack, getting touches on the ball while creating opportunities in the final third.

North Carolina did see some close chances. However, the defense was able to keep its composure and keep it 1-0 at the half.

The second half lacked some excitement, with the biggest moment being Lavelle's subbing on during the 60th minute for about 30 minutes of play. This move led to loud applause around the stadium, for the midfielder can always make an impact in a game.

Ann-Katrin Berger had a stellar match, recording five saves to complete the team’s second clean sheet of the season. Both Emily Sonnett and Samantha Hiatt also had a decent performance, with an overall solid match by everyone. 

Gotham FC's next match will be on the road with a trip to Houston, who have just one win in six games. It looks to be turning around for the Bats. At the same time, they are still struggling with injuries and form after the first few games to start the NWSL campaign.