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OCT 27
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Dash extend unbeaten streak to five games with 2-1 win over the Spirit
The Dash are now 5-7-2 on the season
Poliana and Andressa scored for the Houston Dash on Saturday night. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)
Poliana and Andressa scored for the Houston Dash on Saturday night. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)

Rookie goalkeeper Jane Campbell made eight saves as the Dash won 2-1 over the Washington Spirit on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. With the win, the Dash extended their unbeaten streak to five games and improved to 5-7-2 with 17 points.

 

Defender Poliana put the Dash on the board first, scoring in the 25th minute. Andressa played a short corner to Janine Beckie, who crossed it towards the goal. Poliana flicked it on with her head, beating Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé to the far post to make it 1-0.

 

The Dash doubled the lead in the 53rd minute. Forward Rachel Daly passed the ball to Andressa, open at the top of the 18. The Brazilian midfielder struck it one-time, chipping it with her right foot and sending it just out over the fingertips of Labbé.

 

 

Several of Campbell’s saves in the match were strong efforts, with one her best coming in the 29th minute to send a shot from Spirit defender Shelina Zadorsky over the bar.

 

 

The Spirit pulled a goal back in the 75th minute. Midfielder Havana Solaun sent a pass out wide to right back Estelle Johnson, making a run into the box. Johnson sent a right-footed shot past Campbell at the near post. It was the first goal of Johnson’s NWSL career.

 

But Washington couldn’t find the equalizer as Campbell denied them again in the 83rd minute, sending another long-distance shot over the bar, this time from midfielder Kristie Mewis.

 

 

The Dash played the match without forward Carli Lloyd, who was sent off last week and suspended for this week’s game.

 

Labbé made six saves for the Spirit, bring her total to 58, second-best in the league. Washington fell to 3-7-3 with 12 points following the loss.

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