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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) winners, Gotham FC pipped Angel City FC (ACFC) 2-1 in an entertaining clash on Saturday.

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Angel City fell 1–2 on the road to Gotham FC following an ACFC goal by midfielder Clarisse Le Bihan and goals for Gotham by midfielders Crystal Dunn and Rose Lavelle.

The visitors dominated possession over the first ten minutes of the game, though neither team had any real chances early on. That changed in the 12th minute when Gotham defender Jenna Nighswonger took a crack from just outside the 18; Angel City keeper DiDi Haračić dove, but no save was necessary, as the ball went just wide of the right post.

The New Jersey based host continued to push and finally broke through in the 26th minute when midfielder Yazmeen Ryan played a diagonal ball in for Dunn at the top of the box. Dunn beat her mark and sent a low shot to the far post, which Haračić got a hand on but wasn’t able to stop. The ball rolled over the goal line to bring the score to 1–0.

Angel City had a good look in the 38th minute when midfielder Rocky Rodríguez stripped the ball off a Gotham midfielder and sent a long diagonal pass to forward Claire Emslie on the right wing. Emslie’s cross was initially blocked by Freeman, falling to the top of the 18. ACFC midfielder Lily Nabet made a late run and put a shot on frame, which Gotham keeper Ann-Katrin Berger narrowly blocked.

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In the 51st minute, Angel City equalised. Le Bihan sent a lofted ball into the box intended for forward Sydney Leroux, who dragged two defenders with her as she made a run. The forward ultimately didn’t touch the ball, which sailed into the space she had opened up, past Berger, and into the side netting.

The hosts didn’t wait long to return the favour. In the 62nd minute, Lavelle and Sheehan combined inside the penalty area to set Lavelle up with a close-range shot, which she placed inside the near post and into the back of the net.

Angel City is on the road again next Saturday, June 15, at the Pacific against the Houston Dash.

Meanwhile...

Bay FC recorded a 2-1 win against Chicago Red Star away from home Wrigley Field, Chicago on Sunday.

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Two goals in each half from Kiara Ricketts and Joelle Andeson ensured a 2-1 woin despite Chicago's late efforts resulting in a goal by Penelope Hocking in the additional minutes of the second half.

Ricketts converted the first in the 25th minute while Anderson doubled the advantage in the 79th minute of play.

Bay FC seats on the 10th position while Chicago Red Stars occupy the sixth place with 16 points after 12 games.

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