Kailen Sheridan made five saves for Gothham FC. (Photo courtesy of Gotham FC)
With acting head coach Becki Tweed in charge, NJ/NY Gotham FC played the Chicago Red Stars to a scoreless draw in a National Women’s Soccer League match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Saturday night.
Seventh-place Gotham FC (22 points) squandered an opportunity to secure three home points as its record moved to 5-5-7 while fourth-place Chicago (25) is now 7-7-4.
“I think we knew it was going to be a fight going into it and we had to compete,” Tweed said. :Obviously it’s something that happens every game. We just had to get our foot on the ball and possess. They pressed us really high and we had to try to solve that, but a clean sheet which is something we’re really happy about and something that we’re striving for. Now we can reset and use these next couple of weeks to really build into getting back to three points again.”
It was Gotham FC’s first match since Freya Coombe resigned as head coach as she will take the reigns of Angel City FC next year.
Scott Parkinson was hired as head coach, Beverly Goebel Yanez as his assistant.
No attendance was announced in Gotham FC’s press press release.
The Red Stars tested goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan early, including a Casey Krueger shot that hit the post in the third minute. Despite being outpossessed in both halves, Chicago made the better of its opportunities, getting five shots on frame and holding Gotham FC to none. Sheridan made five saves.
Veteran midfielder Allie Long of Northport, N.Y. made her 150th NWSL regular season appearance, making her one of six players to reach this milestone in NWSL history. She joined Lauren “Lu” Barnes, teammate McCall Zerboni, Merritt Matthias, Christine Nairn and Tori Huster. Acquired in a trade with the OL Reign in April, Long has appeared in every match for Gotham FC and scored one goal.
Gotham FC will enter a three-week break and will not play again until Saturday, Sept. 25 against the North Carolina Courage at RBA. Gotham FC’s match originally scheduled for next week against Kansas City at Legends Field was rescheduled to Friday, Oct. 22 due to a venue conflict.