Ifeoma Onumonu scored Gotham FC’s lone goal. (Howard Smith / ISI Photos)
HARRISON, N.J. – NJ/NY and Kansas City endured two rain delays spanning more than three hours en route to a 1-1 draw in a National Women’s Soccer League game at Red Bull Arena Friday night.
Ifeoma Onumonu scored for fifth-place Gotham FC (3-1-3, 12 points), Mariana Larroquette for last-place KC (0-6-3, 3) in a game that finished past midnight.
The official game summary did not list an attendance.
“It’s my first match that started one day and finished another day,” Gotham FC head coach Freya Coombe said. “For sure never had that experience. Obviously very disappointed with the result. I think we had a strong start and I think that showed with going up. I think that we just failed to manage the game and failed to keep our performance in the second half and let them into the game. We need to do better in possession of the ball and also to be able to take our chances.”
Gotham FC midfielder and Northport, N.Y. native Allie Long became the fifth player in league history to play more than 12,000 minutes.
In the 31st minute, Nahomi Kawasumi found Onumonu at the top of the box who turned two defenders and took a low-driven shot through traffic to the far corner out of goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart’s reach to give Gotham FC the 1-0 lead.
The second half saw a midfield battle. Larroquette, however, played the spoiler by intercepting a pass, beating her defender and chipping the ball over goalkeeper Mandy McGlynn to give Kansas City the equalizer.
Gotham FC returns to action on the road for its next two matches. The team will travel to Providence Park to visit the Portland Thorns July 11 at 3 p.m. ET. It will travel to Segra Field to take on the Washington Spirit July 18 at 5 p.m.