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Gotham FC Falls to Courage Despite Defensive Stand (1-0)

Gary Gibson



Gotham FC came up short against the North Carolina Courage on Saturday, March 30th, falling by a score of 1-0. The match was a defensive battle, with Gotham FC holding strong for most of the contest. However, the Courage managed to break through late in the first half with a goal from former Gotham FC player Brianna Pinto. Gotham has two weeks to regroup before returning home to face top of the table KC Current at Red Bull Arena on the 14th.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Defensive Resilience: Despite the loss, Gotham FC's defense displayed resilience, limiting the Courage's scoring opportunities. Davidson and Hiatt were once again stout and limited the Courage to only 6 shots and 1 shot on target. Unfortunately, that one was the game winner. Gotham is tops in the league in goals allowed per game. 0.5. 

  2. Offensive Struggles: Gotham FC's offense struggled to generate clear-cut chances and will need to find ways to be more effective in the final third of the field. 7 corners, 15 shots total, 7 inside the box, and 0 big chances created. Gotham has yet to create any chances off of corners or set pieces. Only 1 big chance created in 2 matches. 

  3. Solid Despite Injuries: Gotham FC was in control for most of the first two matches despite missing nearly double digit players. Most notably, Lynn Williams. Gotham does not have another vertical threat on the roster that can shift the game from defense to offense in a second. Lynn offers defensive coverage and an offensive bite that no other player in the league offers. Then add wide 1v1 and chance creator Midge to the equation. Not being effective on the wings makes Esther’s job much harder and makes Gotham more predictable. 

On the positive side, Maitane Lopez returned to the team after missing last week’s game with a thigh injury. That gives Gotham a calming presence in the buildup out of the back. Hopefully, with two weeks to heal up, Gotham can see a much smaller injury list. We reached out to the team on timeline’s for injured players return. We’ll update as they come in. 

Next up: Home cooking as Gotham FC returns to Red Bull Arena to face the Current. The Current is the top scoring team (3.7 per game) against Gotham, the top defensive team in the league (0.5 goals against per game). 6PM on NWSL+

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