HARRISON, N.J. – Ifeoma Onumonu scored in the 83rd minute as NJ/NY Gotham FC salvaged a 1-1 draw with Racing Louisville FC in a National Women’s Soccer League at Red Bull Arena Sunday night.
No attendance was announced by third-place Gotham FC (21 points), which moved to 5-2-6. Louisville (4-6-3), an expansion team, secured its 15th point.
“I think we had a little bit of a slow start, just playing a different formation today,” Gotham FC head coach Freya Coombe said. “It took us a while to just get into the groove. I thought our ball pace and movement was bit slow through trying to figure things out, but certainly after the goal we improved and started to play at the level and intensity that we desire. I think we did well to create opportunities, but we still need to create more chances, but obviously happy to get on the scoresheet at the end.”
Using a anew formation, Racing Louisville FC got off to a quick start. Ebony Salmon sent a cross to an unmarked Nadia Nadim at the back post and she easily tapped home the goal in the 13th minute.
Later in the half, Salmon had another opportunity that put her one-on-one against goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, who, in her first game back since returning from the Tokyo Olympic Games, came off her line to make a save.
Gotham FC’s best first-half opportunity came in the 38th minute when Onumonu battled Emily Fox down the right flank. She found Elizabeth Eddy on the back post for a diving header that was cleared by the defense.
The second half saw play open up and Gotham FC begin to settle into the match. In the 83rd minute, Nahomi Kawasumi found Onumonu at the top of the box and she made a skillful turn and curled a right-footed shot into the corner for her team-best fifth goal of the season.
Gotham FC will head to the Pacific Northwest for a two-game road stretch. The team will travel to Cheney Stadium to take on OL Reign Saturday, Aug. 21 and then head south for a midweek match up against the Portland Thorns Wednesday, Aug. 25.