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Lynn Williams ‘absolutely not’ surprised by Gotham FC’s success

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Lynn Williams wants people to put respect on Gotham FC’s name.

Gotham beat OL Reign 4-1 on Sunday in what Williams said on the latest episode of Snacks was “one of the most fun games” she has had in awhile. Not only did she score on her 3oth birthday, the performance also came on the heels of her engagement to Marley Biyendolo.

After Gotham scored three goals in the first half, a TV commentator asked if she was surprised by her team’s success.

“Not surprised at all,” Williams said. “I feel like everybody else is surprised, but we’re not.”

She echoed those sentiments on the podcast.

“The announcer asked if I was surprised that we were winning, and we were able to pin back OL Reign at home, and I was like, absolutely not,” Williams said. “I think people in their mind have last year’s Gotham. And I’m like, no. We work really hard.”

Gotham players entered Sunday’s game with a particular drive, as they had heard announcers speaking highly of OL Reign ahead of the match.

OL Reign could reach the top of the table with a win against Gotham, or so the announcers said. The reverse also was true, though the announcers didn’t say so, and the team “took it personal,” Williams said.

“We were like, ‘We’re tied on points. We can go to the top of the table if we beat them,’” she said. “So it was like: Why is everybody so high on OL and not us?”

After the win, the team sits first in the league standings with 16 points, having won three of their last five games.

“We obviously have a lot of season to play and stuff, but I said this in a lot of interviews that our coaching staff has made it like we’re gonna celebrate the moments,” she said. “Because I think in sports you don’t really get to, you just look to the next one. So we’re just gonna celebrate being in first right now and hopefully it stays that way.”