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Ashlyn Harris reaches 500 regular-season saves in Gotham FC win

Ashlyn Harris #18 of NJ/NY Gotham FC makes a save in front of Tyler Lussi #20 of Angel City FC in the second half at Banc of California Stadium on May 29, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Ashlyn Harris made history Sunday night, becoming the first NWSL goalkeeper to reach 500 career regular-season saves.

The veteran keeper reached the milestone during Gotham FC’s 1-0 win over Angel City FC.

“I am really proud of 500 saves,” Harris said after the match. “It really is a testament to how long I have been doing this craft, but after the game, just seeing the amount of people who are willing to share their stories of how in some small way maybe I’ve moved them or helped them with either mental health or coming out and showing up for the LGBTQ community. Those things are what really mattered to me every weekend.”

Harris notched an impressive six saves during Sunday’s contest, preserving the clean sheet for Gotham FC.

Officiating took center stage during the matchup between Angel City and Gotham FC, with Gotham’s Imani Dorsey, Kristie Mewis, Midge Purce and the coaching staff all booked for yellow cards.

Gotham FC, however, persevered, with Ifeoma Onumonu scoring the game-winner for her side. The star striker, assisted by Purce, struck a low shot to the near post for her first goal of the 2022 regular season.

Sunday’s victory improves Gotham FC to 2-2-0, while Angel City falls to 3-2-0 but maintains its spot at second place in the NWSL standings.