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NJ/NY Gotham FC falls to expansion side San Diego, 3-0

NJ/NY Gotham FC took on the West Coast expansion team, the San Diego Wave, for the second time this season. Gotham lost 3-0, which was one goal less than their previous matchup, where they lost 4-0.

The lineup for Gotham had a few changes from their last game. Ashlyn Harris was back in goal after being out the last few games with a back injury. Estelle Johnson got the nod to start while Mandy Freeman was available for selection. San Diego put out the same lineup from their previous game.

Gotham had the first chance of the game in the 7th minute as Kristie Mewis sent the ball into the box, and Ifeoma Onumonu tapped it right into Wave goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan's arms.

In the 20th minute, Alex Morgan put the away team in front with the game's first goal. Taylor Kornieck sent the ball through to Morgan, who slotted the ball right under a challenging Harris putting the Wave up, 1-0.

Later in the 37th minute, San Diego's Emily Van Egmond sent a high arching ball toward the net. Harris hit the ball out of the net before it crossed the line for an excellent stop.

The best chance for Gotham all afternoon came in the 40th minute. Mewis sent a perfect ball through to Onumonu, who shot a curling ball that hit the right post and rolled across the goal frame.

Three minutes later, the Wave was on the board again. Sofia Jakobsson sent a cross in the box where Morgan tapped it near post past Harris making the score 2-0.

In the 68th minute, Morgan sent the ball back towards the center of the box, where substitute Makenzy Doniak shot a rocket past Harris. The game ended in a 3-0 loss for Gotham, sparking questions about the team going into the international break.

Head coach Scott Parkison was pleased with the game's first 30 minutes, saying it was better than when they played the team in San Diego.

Defender Caprice Dydasco was awarded Player of the Match. Dydasco had 13 defensive recoveries and eight duels won.

The NWSL now heads into their international break. Gotham FC has five players heading out for the international break, including Mewis, Onumonu, Johnson, Margaret Purce and Taryn Torres.

What’s Up Next for NJ/NY Gotham FC?

Gotham FC returns to Red Bull Arena on July 2 against the Chicago Red Stars. You can visit Gotham's website for tickets or watch the game live on Paramount+.

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