In a Challenge Cup rematch, the Portland Thorns threw everything it had at NJ/NY Gotham FC's defense but it wasn't enough as the game would end in a scoreless draw.
Defense would tell the story with both goalkeepers posting shutouts for their respective clubs with help from their phenomenal backlines. Estelle Johnson for Gotham FC would have eight clearances on the afternoon for her club as well as earning her 10,000th minute of regular season minutes played in the 65th minute.
"I thought this time around it was better with possession for us, I felt like we had more moments with the ball. I thought we were better at building out a little bit this time. Obviously towards the end of the game, we decided to go a little bit more direct, but I think we did a better job winning those second balls after I went direct and we ended up being more in there," said Goalkeeper DiDi Haracic.
Gotham's defense led by Estelle Johnson and Gina Lewandowski would prove once again to be a force to be reckoned with as even-though Portland outshot the visitors from Jersey 22-10, none of them would find the back of the net.
“For us it was the traditional cliche of a game of two halves. We struggled a little bit under Portland’s pressure in the first half and weren’t able to really keep the ball, but definitely improved in the second half. We were able to possess, move it, and create better chances. Overall, we felt a bit hard done by not really being able to come out with a result towards the end after putting a lot of pressure, but probably a fair result overall,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe.
Up Next for NJ/NY Gotham FC
Gotham FC continues their road campaign against the Washington Spirit at Segra Field next Sunday, July 18 at 5pm ET. The game will be broadcast on Paramount+ for those unable to make it to Washington D. C. for the match.