Rachel Daly has been voted Player of the Week for Week 9 of the 2018 season by the NWSL Media Association.
The Houston Dash forward helped her team earn six points in Week 9 and chipped in two goals on Saturday night to lift the Dash over the Washington Spirit 3-2. On Wednesday night, it was Daly’s free kick which set up the eventual equalizer goal from midfielder Kristie Mewis. The Dash went on to defeat the Seattle Reign FC 2-1 on the night.
Daly and the Dash have now won two straight at home. Daly has a team-leading four goals this season, and this is the second time she has been honored as NWSL Player of the Week in her career. She previously picked up the nod in Week 1 of the 2016 season.
Daly’s first goal of the week came in the 41st minute of play off of a Nichelle Prince cross. Daly finished it one-time to put her team up 1-0 just before the half. Daly’s second goal was the result of a Dash breakaway in the 78th minute. Midfielder Linda Motlhalo played in forward Thembi Kgatlana behind the Spirit defense and goalkeeper, and Daly was also crashing the net alongside her. Kgatlana eventually slipped in Daly who was wide open to dribble the ball into the net for her second of the night.
The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.