NJ/NY Gotham FC took on the Kansas City Current on Saturday at Children's Mercy Park. Gotham FC lost 1-0 after a goal from the Current in the 84th minute. The loss snapped Gotham's two-game unbeaten streak.
Gotham had no changes in their lineup from their last game against the Washington Spirit. Kansas City saw Cece Kizer's debut after a mid-week trade and a start from Cassie Miller in the goal over AD Franch.
The newly found partnership in Gotham's midfield with McCall Zerboni and Taryn Torres has given a spark in the last few games they're played. Head coach Scott Parkinson says their partnership on the defensive end is massive.
The first half had solid chances from both sides. Gotham's Michelle Betos and Current's Miller both had a strong showing throughout the half in goal.
In the 43rd minute, Ifeoma Onumonu played a ball over the top to Paige Monaghan on a breakaway. Monaghan shot the ball near post, where Miller got her hand low enough to hit the ball off the post and out. That proved to be Gotham's best chance of the night.
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The second half started with shots from both sides. Margaret Purce had two shots early on, but one went over the goal and Miller saved the other. Kizer and Kate Del Fava each had a shot for the Current, but Betos saved them. The half then continued with Kansas City having more control of the game.
In the 84th minute, Kansas City's Kristen Hamilton scored the night's lone goal. Gotham's poor defending on the play left Hamilton wide open in the center of the box for an easy goal to the bottom right corner. Betos reached out for the ball but there was nothing more for her to do.
Betos ended the match with seven saves and earned the Budweiser Player of the Match. Kristie Mewis also had a solid performance creating three chances on the night and four shots just over the crossbar.
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Parkinson said he was happy with the performance for most of the game despite the loss. He said the team just didn't finish the chances that were created.
The match ended in a 1-0 loss for Gotham. The team had a hard-fought battle, but a defensive error led to the goal that cost them the three points.
What's Up Next for NJ/NY Gotham FC?
NJ/NY Gotham FC returns to Red Bull Arena on June 19 for a rematch against former goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan and the San Diego Wave. You can purchase tickets on Gotham's website or watch the match on CBS.