Opening night in the NWSL has become a memorable one for fans and players of the Houston Dash. On Saturday night, the Houston Dash displayed a robust offense led by a combination of rookies and veterans alike in defeating the Chicago Red Stars for the first time in franchise history.
On Tuesday afternoon, the National Women’s Soccer League named Houston Dash rookie Rachel Daly the NWSL Player of the Week. The record breaking scoring leader for St. John’s University was selected by Houston with their second pick of the first round. Daly became the first English native to be selected in the college draft.
Daly scored her first NWSL goal and the first of the season for the Houston Dash in the 22nd minute of the game to tie the match at 1-1. Houston Dash head coach described the rocket like shot from distance as a ‘Ronaldo like’ goal and a world class goal on any level.
In the 51st minute, it was Daly’s perfectly timed service into the box that found the head of a goal rushing Carli Lloyd for the game winner and earned her her first NWSL assist.
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The 24 year old native of Harrogate, England becomes the third player to earn the award in Houston Dash history. Former Houston Dash midfielder Teresa Noyola won the first ever player of the week honors back in Week 2 of the 2014 season for her two goal performance in the Dash’s first ever franchise victory. Last season Dash goalkeeper Bianca Henninger earned the honors in Week 7.
Below is a gallery of Photos from Daly’s first NWSL goal courtesy of Jeremy Fletcher www.BigShotsSnapShots.com