Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dash playoff hopes dashed with 1-0 loss to Courage

Photo by Darla S Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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By Lou Roesch
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CARY, NORTH CAROLINA (September 9, 2017) The Houston Dash despite recent moves designed to better the team have gone for naught. Saturday night on the road in North Carolina, the Dash lost yet another match. The 1-0 fixture was the team’s third consecutive loss for a side that has already endured a six game losing streak this season. The opposition clean sheet was the tenth against the Houston side in 21 games.

Kristen Hamilton’s goal in the 26th minute provided the margin of victory for the Courage as they notched win number 15, one shy of tying the league record set by Seattle in 2014.

The shutout by the Courage was their 11th of the season tying the NWSL league record set by the 2013 FC Kansas City. With two games left, NC keeper Katelyn Rowland has eight clean sheets in 2017 is just two off the mark set by Nicole Barnhart in 2013.

While the reigning NWSL champions clinched a home playoff game, the loss effectively began the wait till next year dream for the Dash (7-12-2).

Houston has three games remaining including a postponed home match due to Hurricane Harvey with the Courage and another home match with the Chicago Red Stars on September 23rd before closing out the season at Kansas City on September 29th.

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