Ifeoma Onumonu gave Gotham FC the early lead. (Photo courtesy of Gotham FC)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – NJ/NY Gotham FC’s playoff fate might not be decided until the final game of the National Women’s Soccer League regular season.
That came apparent after Gotham FC played to its 10th draw of the season, a 1-1 tie at Racing Louisville FC Thursday night.
On the plus side, fifth-place Gotham FC (8-5-10, 34 points) extended its unbeaten streak to seven games.
On the minus side, the New Jersey side will have to wait until the weekend to clinch a postseason spot
Gotham can clinch a berth with a North Carolina Courage loss to the Portland Thorns Saturday or a win in its final match against Louisville at home Sunday.
A combination between Carli Lloyd and Ifeoma Onumonu in the six-yard box led to a rebound goal by the latter after goalkeeper Katie Lund redirected the ball at close range in the sixth minute.
In the 51st minute, Onumonu hit a shot off the woodwork. Racing took advantage of the opportunity to get a quick counter, and CeCe Kizer slipped a ball past keeper Kailen Sheridan to even the score.
Gotham FC came close to breaking through the Racing backline repeatedly to take back the lead, outshooting Louisville, 19-9.
Sheridan came up big to deny Cheyna Matthews in the closing minutes of the match.