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Gotham FC Grab Home Win Against Courage

NJ/NY Gotham FC earned the club’s first home win of the season and continued its four-game home unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory over the North Carolina Courage on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

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North Carolina Courage midfielder Manaka Matsukubo (34) and NJ/NY Gotham FC midfielder Jenna Nighswonger (2) Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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Gotham FC started strong in front of the home fans, creating a chance off the opening kickoff. Forward Lynn Williams – wearing the captain’s armband – led by example from the very beginning. In the first minute of the match, she brought the ball down the left-side pitch, cut in, and nearly scored an early goal, with her shot drifting slightly off-frame. Then, the forward found another early chance in the seventh minute, with a curling shot that sailed just wide of the far post. 

In the 11th minute, the third time was the charm for Williams, as Gotham FC converted to score on its third chance on goal. Williams had an open look off a missed clearance from the Courage back line and finished in the top right corner to give Gotham FC the 1-0 lead with her first goal of the season. Williams’ goal was the game-winner and also marked the 300th goal in all competitions in Gotham FC history.


The North Carolina Courage fought back, with a near-chance in the 27th minute. Courage midfielder Narumi Mirura launched a long-range shot from the top box and nearly found the back of the net. However, Gotham FC goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger made a diving save to maintain her first league shutout. 

The first half ended 1-0 in favor of the home side, with Gotham FC also holding the edge in total shots (10-5) and attacking opportunities (36-31). 

In second-half action, midfielder Rose Lavelle checked into the game in the 60th minute. Coming off her stoppage-time game-tying goal in her last appearance, she again immediately made her impact felt with a near chance just moments after subbing onto the pitch. 

Second Half

 The second half went end to end, with both sides enhancing their defenses to slow total shot attempts from 15 shots in the first half to only seven combined across both teams in the final 45 minutes to end that match with a 1-0 score line.

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NJ/NY Gotham FC midfielder Rose Lavelle (16) celebrates with teammates. Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Line Ups

Gotham FC: Ann-Katrin Berger, Bruninha (Maycee Bell 86’), Emily Sonnett,  Sam Hiatt, Nealy Martin, Delanie Sheehan, Yazmeen Ryan (Crystal Dunn 80’), Jenna Nighswonger, Lynn Williams © , Ella Stevens (Rose Lavelle 60’), Esther (Katie Stengel 80’)
Courage: Casey Murphy, Haley Hopkins, Malia Berkely (Dani Weatherholdt 45+3’), Kaleigh Kurtz, Victoria Pickett (Manaka Matsukubo), Denise O’Sullivan (C), Feli Rauch (Brianna Pinto 75’), Ryan Williams, Ashley Sanchez, Narumi Miura (Riley Jackson 75’), Bianca St. Georges (Tyler Lussi 46’)

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Next Game

Gotham FC next travels for two games on the road. On Wednesday, May 8, the team travels to Texas to take on the Houston Dash at 8 p.m. ET. Then, Gotham FC will travel to face San Diego Wave FC on Sunday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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North Carolina Courage forward Biana St-Georges (23) and NJ/NY Gotham FC midfielder Jenna Nighswonger (2) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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