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All for Pride: Gotham FC Edges out Washington Spirit 1-0

photo from Gotham FC

NY/NJ Gotham FC welcomed the Washington Spirit for their annual Pride Night. An impressive crowd, filled with the next generation of athletes, witnessed the 1-0 win for the home squad. The future is bright, indeed.

First Half Highlights

Gotham got right to work with a shot by Caprice Dydasco. Another pair of chances came from WNT standout Midge Purce. Washington GK Aubrey Kingsbury kept busy in the opening fifteen minutes. Gotham only slightly edged out the Spirit in possession in the first half, but outshot the visitors 12-2 in that time. 

Persistence yielded A run and cross by Ifeoma Onumonu allowed Purce to slide in with the ball to bag her first goal (21'). Kristie Mewis took a chance only a moment later, but found herself offside. Paige Monaghan attempted a shot from distance as the first half wound down, but it became Kingsbury's third save on the night. 

Second Half Rundown

Washington did their best to reassert themselves in the second half. Just shy of the hour mark, Gotham GK Michelle Betos dove for a ball headed her way, and soon after had to watch for a free kick from a dangerous distance. She was able to keep the clean sheet. In the final fifteen minutes, the balance of power tipped to the visitors. A tussle in the box brought down Betos and defender Mandy Freeman momentarily. They were both able to continue, allowing manager Scott Parkinson to make tactical selections during substitution windows. Even through six minutes of stoppage time, Gotham powered through for the win. 

Final Thoughts

I'm still new-ish to how NWSL plays. But I don't think I'll ever not be astounded by their confidence and risk-taking. There is nothing but fight in this Gotham squad. 

The crowds are growing around the league. It turns out that when the opportunity for viewership increases, viewership increases. 

Gotham travels to Kansas City next week to face The Current. Can Gotham keep things rolling, even on the road?


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