Gotham FC fell to the Houston Dash 2-1 at PNC Stadium after playing the last half hour of the second half shorthanded due to a red card.
Taylor Smith centered a pass just out of reach of a sliding Midge Purce in the 15th minute, and a teammate couldn’t put in her set piece a minute later as Gotham attacked early in the first half.
Ifeoma Onumonu was stifled on a good shot in transition in the 27th minute.
Gotham had to play with 10 after Purce picked up her second yellow card in the 58th minute, resulting in the red card and ejection.
“I think it’s a little bit of hunger of them wanting to play a little bit better soccer,” interim coach Hue Menzies said. “The red card hurts for us. We had a lot of momentum going. But at the end of the day, we showed a lot of resilience with 10 players and it was an early red card. We had our chances in the first half where we got to put them way, but I have to applaud them for the effort and some of the adjustments that were made in a short space of time”
While Gotham keeper Michelle Betos got a hand on it, bounced off the crossbar and in on a shot from Ebony Salmon in the 73rd minute. Marisa Viggiano scored a few of minutes later to make it 2-0.
Kristie Mewis found McCall Zerboni on a set piece to make it 2-1 in the 80th minute. It was Zerboni’s first goal since the season opener at Orlando.
“Hue has definitely brought a new look to our team,” Paige Monaghan said. “Just really nailing down our possession as a team and finding our valuable players like Kristie Mewis, like McCall Zerboni, just getting them on the ball to be our midfielders and dictate what we want to do and manipulate teams and make them make mistakes so we can be advancing up the field and more effective as a unit.”
Gotham FC will head to Philadelphia to host the Orlando Pride at Subaru Park in Chester, Pa. The kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET. Fans catch the action live on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Twitch internationally.
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