Carli Lloyd’s Swan Song Continues With 20-Yard Rocket In Win

Midge Purce also scored twice as Gotham closed on a playoff spot.

With just two weeks remaining in the NWSL regular season, the North Carolina Courage welcomed NJ/NY Gotham FC to WakeMed Soccer Park on Sunday afternoon in a match with huge playoff implications.

After a scoreless first half, Midge Purce got the opener for Gotham in the 54th-minute before adding a second 10 minutes later. The 26-year-old forward is now her team’s leading scorer on the season with eight goals.

Carli Lloyd made it 3-0 in the 67th with her third of the campaign — a rocket on the turn from 20 yards out. 

It’s a terrible result for North Carolina. The Courage are now below the playoff line with just one match remaining, and that’s a trip to Portland to play the league-leading Thorns on Oct. 30.

Gotham moves up to fifth with the win, and the club still has three games remaining in the regular season to improve its standing. Lloyd will miss the next one — against Kansas City on Oct. 22 — as she plays her final two matches with the USWNT. 

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