Story and photo by Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 5, 2018) On a humid Sunday evening in Houston, the Houston Dash (6-5-7, 23 points) host the Utah Royals (5-7-6, 22 points) at BBVA Compass Stadium in a crucial NWSL match up. The match will also serves as the inaugural Salute to Women Veterans' night, hosted by Sasol. Utah is yet to concede a goal to the Dash through their first two meetings in 2018. On March 31, the two squads battled to a scoreless draw, with their second meeting on May 19, resulting in a 1-0 win for the Royals.
Houston has scored in nine consecutive games this season, which is a franchise record. The last time the Dash were held scoreless was the March 31 loss to Utah. The Royals have just one of their last seven games (four losses and two draws) and have been held scoreless five time during that stretch. They are currently in seventh place in the NWSL standings, one spot behind Houston.
The Dash will look to forward Kealia Ohai for her continued success in 2018. The 24-year-old has converted 19.1% of her shots this season, including blocks, which ranks her third in the league among players with at least four goals this season.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CDT in Houston.