Gotham's starting lineup saw a few changes. Taylor Smith got her first start of the season after Gotham picked her up last month. Delanie Sheehan and Jennifer Cudjoe also got the start for the away side. Mandy Freeman returned to the lineup after Gina Lewandowski played her final match last weekend.
Gotham had a solid game and they found a rhythm to stay in throughout the game. Ashlyn Harris also had a stellar game, saving seven out of eight shots.
Harris's first save came in the 12th minute. Louisville's Emina Ekic was awarded a free kick outside the box. She took a left-footed shot that curled to the back post, but Harris came flying to deflect the ball before it went in the net.
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In the 25th minute, Gotham struck first with a goal. Sheehan won the ball after a defensive clearance and played a perfect long ball in the path of Paige Monaghan. Monaghan then struck the ball past Racing's keeper, Katie Lund, to put the team up, 1-0. The goal was the first goal in three matches for the away side.
In the 67th minute, Lousiville equalized. Savannah DeMelo intercepted Gotham's defensive clearance before dribbling through the defense and slotting the ball low past Harris.
For the final goal of the game, Smith bagged the game-winner. Nahomi Kawasumi intercepted a Louisville pass and played the ball through to Smith who struck the ball perfectly past Lund.
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The game ended in a win for Gotham and Smith's first goal for the team.
What's Up Next for NJ/NY Gotham FC?
Gotham takes on the Portland Thorns on July 16 at Providence Park. You can catch the game on Paramount+ to watch Gotham try and extend their win streak to two.