Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash
When: Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. ET
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Where: Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex | Boyds, Maryland
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- The Houston Dash came away from their Week 16 midweek meeting with the Orlando Pride with a 3-1 win and three critical points, but the Dash then suffered defeat on Sunday night, losing to the Portland Thorns, 3-1.
- The Washington Spirit last played against the North Carolina Courage during Week 16 midweek action. The Spirit fell to the league leaders, 2-0. The Spirit now sit on a winless streak of eight games, and they have only scored one goal in their last five.
- Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle has been called up to the U.S. women’s national team ahead of the Tournament of Nations. Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai has also been named to the U.S. roster. Players called into U.S. training camp will report on July 20, ruling them out of this weekend’s games.
- Dash forward Kyah Simon and defender Clare Polkinghorne have been named to Australia’s roster for the Tournament of Nations. The Australian team will report to camp on July 23. Simon will miss this Saturday’s game, however, due to left achilles tendinitis, as per the Injury Report.
- Dash goalkeeper Bianca Henninger has been called up for Mexico ahead of Barranquilla 2018, the Central American and Caribbean Games. She will be unavailable for this weekend’s game.
- The Spirit and the Dash have met once already this season. In Week 9, the Dash beat the Spirit, 3-2.
- Washington Spirit forward Ashley Hatch scored in the last meeting between these teams in week nine, adding a goal in the 91st minute for the Spirit’s second of the night. Hatch also scored in Week 15, the first Spirit goal since her goal against the Dash in Week 9. In between those Hatch goals, the Spirit went goalless for a total of 476 minutes, as they were shut out in five straight games.
- Dash forward Rachel Daly scored her second brace of the season last Wednesday, carrying the Dash to the win over the Orlando Pride and bringing her goal tally to six goals on the season. Her first brace of the year came in the first meeting between the Spirit and the Dash this season. In that match, Daly recorded a game high five shots, four of which were on target. She also tied for the game lead in duels in that match, with 11. Daly also leads the Dash in chances created (22), duels won (102), passes into the final third (114) and shots on target (13) this season.
- Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe continues to lead the league in saves, with 84 so far this season.
- Houston forward and captain Kealia Ohai scored Houston’s only goal of the night in their Sunday game against Portland. Last Wednesday, she assisted on Houston’s first goal, scored by teammate Rachel Daly. Ohai has now recorded four goals and two assists this season.
- Houston Dash defender Janine van Wyk is first in the league in blocks (22). Washington Spirit defender Estelle Johnson is right behind her in blocks, taking second place, with 18. The two defenders also hold first and second place in clearances, with Johnson leading the league (93) and van Wyk in second (36). Van Wyk is listed as questionable in this week’s Injury Report due to a left hamstring strain.
- Washington Spirit defender Caprice Dydasco is second in the league in touches (1,321).
- Dash defender Allysha Chapman will miss this weekend’s meeting with the Spirit due to a concussion.
By the Numbers
2-11-4, 10 points, 8th place (Home: 2-4-2, Away: 0-7-2)
11 goals for, 24 goals against
Ashley Hatch: 4 goals, 1 assist
Francisca Ordega: 3 goals
Mallory Pugh: 2 goals, 1 assist
Aubrey Bledsoe: 84 saves, 22 goals against, 4 shutouts
Kelsey Wys: 2 saves, 2 goals against
5-7-5, 20 points, 7th place (Home: 3-2-4, Away: 2-5-1)
21 goals for, 28 goals against
Rachel Daly: 6 goals
Kealia Ohai: 3 goals, 2 assists
Sofia Huerta: 2 goals, 1 assist
Veronica Latsko: 2 goals, 1 assist
Jane Campbell: 54 saves, 28 goals against, 1 shutout
- Twenty-four NWSL players on USWNT training camp roster ahead of Tournament of Nations
- Japan, Australia name rosters for 2018 Tournament of Nations
The Last Time They Met
May 27, 2018 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas
- In the first meeting of the season between the Dash and the Pride, Rachel Daly scored a brace and Kealia Ohai scored her first goal of 2018. For the Spirit, Estefanía Banini scored in the 54th minute and Ashley Hatch added a goal in stoppage time of the second half, but the two goals weren’t enough for the Spirit to comeback, as the Dash earned a 3-2 victory at home in Week 9.
What The’re Saying
— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) July 17, 2018
Houston Dash defender Clare Polkinghorne
— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) July 16, 2018