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Gotham FC Beat Angel City, Extend Unbeaten Run

NJ/NY Gotham FC extended its unbeaten streak to seven matches as the club defeated Angel City FC 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. Forward Crystal Dunn recorded her first goal of the season and midfielder Rose Lavelle notched her second of the season. Additionally, Gotham FC midfielder McCall Zerboni made her first appearance since suffering a season-ending injury on August 19, 2023. 

Angel City FC defender Jasmyne Spencer (3) drives against NJ/NY Gotham FC forward Katie Stengel
Angel City FC defender Jasmyne Spencer (3) drives against NJ/NY Gotham FC forward Katie Stengel (28) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Photo: Jonathan Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Gotham FC 2 Angel City 1

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After the first 10 minutes of the half, Gotham FC settled in and began to connect in the final third. In the 17th minute, goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger cleared the ball to forward Ella Stevens, who received it at midfield. Stevens played fellow forward Dunn down the right flank, who then found Lavelle on a through-ball into the box. Lavelle went one-on-one with Angel City goalkeeper DiDi Haracic, who denied the opportunity. 

Gotham FC found the opening goal in the 26th minute from a beautiful buildup out of the midfield. Midfielder Delanie Sheehan found forward Yazmeen Ryan as an outlet on the left flank. Ryan then drove across the field and found Dunn on the opposite side of the box, where Dunn dribbled in and fired a shot into the far bottom corner. 

Berger was called upon in the 38th minute to make an impressive save. Angel City forward Lily Nabet fired a shot at the top of the box and it took a deflection back towards the near post. Initially diving towards the back post, Berger made the adjustment for the kick save at the near post.

Berger went on to make a series of crucial saves to close out the half. First in the 47th minute, the German goalkeeper denied Angel City defender M.A. Vignola at the near post. Then a minute later, Angel City forward Alyssa Thompson dove for a crashing header at the back post, where Berger was prepared for the pure reaction save to keep Angel City scoreless at the half. 

Second Half

Angel City opened the second half with a goal from Clarisse Le Bihan in the 51st minute.

Despite the equalizer, Gotham FC continued to connect and push forward. In the 62nd minute, Lavelle found the club’s second goal of the day. The Cincinnati native combined with Sheehan inside the box, and buried a shot at the near post. 

In search of a third goal, defender Jenna Nighswonger lofted in a shot in the 93rd minute, but the goalkeeper just barely tipped it into the crossbar. 

After 12 minutes of stoppage time, the game came to a close at Red Bull Arena in favor of the home team. 

Line Up

Gotham FC

Ann-Katrin Berger, Emily Sonett, Tierna Davidson ©, Mandy Freeman (Mandy Freeman 90+3’), Nealy Martin (Maitane López 63’), Rose Lavelle, Delanie Sheehan, Jenna Nighswonger, Ella Stevens (McCall Zerboni 77’), Yazmeen Ryan (Katie Stengel 63’), Crystal Dunn (Esther González 63’) 

Angel City

DiDi Haracic, Meg Reid, Madison Curry, Gisele Thompson (Jasmyne Spencer 63’), M.A. Vignola (Meritt Mathias 75’), Lily Nabet, Raquel Rodríguez (Madison Hammond 63’), Clarisse Le Bihan (Kennedy Fuller 75’), Sydney Leroux, Alyssa Thompson, Claire Emslie © (Messiah Bright 71’)

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Gotham FC forward Katie Stengel
NJ/NY Gotham FC goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger (30) makes a save Photo: Jonathan Jones-USA TODAY Sports
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