Freya Coombe will step down as Gotham FC head coach. (USA TODAY Photo)
HARRISON, N.J. – Freya Coombe guided her final game as NJ/NY Gotham FC head coach as the team dropped a 1-0 decision to the Orlando Pride at Red Bull Arena Sunday.
Coombe last week was named coach of Angel City FC for the 2022 National Women’s Soccer League season. The team said it would name a successor in the coming week.
Erika Tymrak scored in the 49th minute for fourth-place Orlando 6-5-6, 24 points) , which led to Gotham FC’s third consecutive loss. Gotham FC (5-5-6, 21) dropped to seventh place.
“I think it’s something that is similar to the story of a few of our games lately,” Coombe said in a statement about the game. “We’ve had a ton of possession and a ton of good play, but have failed to put the ball in the back of the net and failed to be clinical in the final third, which is disappointing. It’s going to take something special to beat us defensively and it certainly was with that shot cross, but credit to them for taking advantage.”
In its press release, Coombe did not address her departure from the team.
Gotham FC’s Carli Lloyd forced goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris to make one of her three saves in the opening minute. Orlando’s best chance came in the 37th minute when Marta took a low-driven strike that went just wide of the goal.
Tymrak hit paydirt with a hard strike from outside the box in the 49th minute that sailed beyond the reach of Kailen Sheridan for the team’s lone goal. Though Gotham FC dominated possession in the second half (65 percent), the team was unable to translate that possession into critical scoring opportunities.