Saturday, July 13, 2019

Houston Dash drop 1-0 decision to Chicago Red Stars

Kyah Simon drives the ball past an unidentified
Chicago Red Stars player.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 13, 2019) The Chicago Red Stars defense came onto the pitch at the beginning of the game and totally shut down down the Houston Dash offense; resulting in a 1-0 win at BBVA Stadium in Houston. The lost was the third in a row for the Dash, who have not seen the winning side of a match since their 2-1 victory over the Utah Royals on May 11. Since then, the Dash have recorded three draws and three losses to post their record after 12 games to 3-5-4, for 13 points.

It did not take Chicago long to get on the scoreboard, with a qucik goal by forward Katlyn Johnson; her first of the season, with an assist from midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo. It was the University of Illinois alumni's second assist of the season.  The win raised the Red Stars' record to 5-2-5 (20 points) and keeps their playoff hopes alive. Houston has only beat Chicago twice in fifteen games dating back to 2014, when they became a member of the league.

Photo by Darla Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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One milestones was achieved by the Dash in the match. Forward Kealia Ohai made her 100th appearance in an NWSL game; becoming the 26th player to play in 100 regular-season games. Ohai played 66 minutes in the match, and was replaced by Christine Nairn.

Next up for Houston will be a nationally televised game against the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex  in Germantown, Maryland, on Saturday July 20. They return home on Sunday, July 28 to host Carli Lloyd and Sky Blue FC. Game time is set for 6 p.m. CDT.

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