NWSL roundup: Gotham downs Angel City FC to continue strong start


Midfielder Rose Lavelle buried a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner of the net with 62 minutes gone to break up a deadlock and hand NJ/NY Gotham FC its third straight win with a 2-1 result against Angel City FC on Saturday in Harrison, N.J.

Lavelle’s second goal of the season came in the center of the box and was set up by Delanie Sheehan, her first assist of the season. It kept Gotham (6-2-3, 21 points) unbeaten since April 20, with five wins and two draws in that stretch.

Angel City (3-6-2, 11 points) had equalized in the 51st minute when Clarisse Le Bihan found the bottom left corner on a long-range probe, assisted by Alyssa Thompson, but was ultimately handed its third loss in four games.

Angel City’s last win came on May 3.

Crystal Dunn opened the scoring in the 26th minute, finishing off a fast-break opportunity with a goal in the bottom left corner. Yazmeen Ryan earned the assist.

Over 20 minutes of extra time were added after a chippy contest that saw two yellow cards issued (Madison Curry and Mandy Freeman).

Messiah Bright’s attempt at an equalizer in extra time was saved by Ann-Katrin Berger.