In its first-ever trip to Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, NJ/NY Gotham FC earned a point in a 1-1 draw against Racing Louisville FC with goals scored by Ifeoma Onumonu and CeCe Kizer. The match was presented to Gotham FC fans by NJM, the club’s official auto, home, and renters insurance partner.
Now unbeaten through its last seven games, Gotham FC remains in fifth place in the NWSL standings, with 34 points through 23 matches at 8-5-10. The team can officially clinch a spot in the NWSL playoffs with a North Carolina loss to Portland on Saturday or a win in its next match against Louisville on Sunday.
The action started early in the match, when a combination between Onumonu and Carli Lloyd in the host’s six-yard box led to a rebound goal after Louisville keeper Katie Lund redirected the ball at close range. The 6th minute goal gave Gotham FC the lead, and the score remained 1-0 through the half.
Gotham FC came out of the locker room after the half hunting for a second goal, but the Racing Louisville backline stood determined, denying all of the visitors’ chances. In the 51st minute, Onumonu hit a shot off the woodwork. Racing took advantage of the opportunity to get a quick counter, and Kizer slipped a ball past Kailen Sheridan to even the score.
Gotham FC came close to breaking through the Racing backline repeatedly to take back the lead, taking a total of 19 shots to Louisville’s nine. Sheridan came up big to deny Cheyna Matthews in the closing minutes of the match and keep the score even at one.
Next, Gotham FC will return home to Red Bull Arena for the final match of the regular season, hosting Louisville on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Tickets are still available and can be purchased HERE.
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