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OCT 27
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Dash and Red Stars draw 2-2
The third meeting of the season between the two teams

The Houston Dash and Chicago Red Stars played to a 2-2 draw in Week 7, in front of a crowd of 2,372 on a chilly Saturday night at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. It was the final meeting of the season between the two teams.

The draw means that the Dash are now unbeaten in their last three games and are 1-3-4 (7 points) on the season. The Red Stars have tied four times in their last five games and are 2-2-5 (11 points). Their last win came on April 18, 2-0 over the Dash.

Rachel Daly opened the scoring in the sixth minute. Nichelle Prince found Daly running in behind the Red Stars defense. Daly bent a right-footed shot around Red stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to put Houston up 1-0. It’s Daly’s second goal of the season, both of which have come in the last three games for the Dash, since moving back into an offensive position.

 

 

Sam Kerr equalized for the Red Stars in the 20th minute after an assist from Arin Gilliland. Gilliland pounced on a weak pass in the back from Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell and then dished it to Kerr, open next to her in the box. Kerr struck it with her right foot to tie the game 1-1.

 

The Dash went back in the lead in the 48th minute on a well-worked set piece that Kristie Mewis buried for her first goal of the season. Following a foul on Mewis by Sofia Huerta, Daly took the free kick, sending it low to Kyah Simon. Simon quickly passed it to Mewis, whose left-footed shot made it 2-1.

But the Red Stars tied it 2-2 in the 65th minute when Huerta converted a penalty kick for her third goal of the season. Referee Danielle Chesky called Dash defender Amber Brooks for a handball in the box after a hard shot went off her arm at the edge of the area.

 

Kerr nearly worked some late-game magic — a staple of her 2017 MVP season — in the 92nd minute, but her shot went just over the bar.

 

Chicago controlled possession 63.1% to 36.9% and had more total shots than Houston (16-8). Both teams had three shots on goal.

The Red Stars will next be in action on Saturday night in Seattle vs. the Reign. The Dash will head to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Utah Royals FC in the NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Stars won the season series over the Dash, going 1-0-2 in the three games.

 

 

 

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