With the threat of severe weather looming overhead, the Houston Dash put together another impressive performance at home in a scoreless draw against Sky Blue FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. From one end of the pitch to the other, Houston was on the move in front a home crowd of 5.000 plus. Countless times, Poliana, the Brazilian defender would start a counter after the Houston defense thwarted whatever semblance of attack Sky Blue had attempted. And so it went on a night when the Houston Dash peppered 17 shots towards the SBFC goal with seven on frame forcing the Sky Blue keeper Caroline Stanley into saves from point blank range with some as close as two yards in front of the net.
Rachel Daly had the most and quite possibly the best opportunities. The first round pick played all 90 plus minutes and got off six shots with three on target. In the 69th minute, Poliana’s service into the box found Daly but Stanley was there to reflexively keep the ball out of the net from the six yard line.
Andressa controlled the tempo and pace of the game for the Houston Dash. On no less than five occasions,the Sky Blue defenders took down the Houston Dash midfelder but time and timeshe got back up to impose her will. She was everywhere; taking corners, free kicks, shots, facillitating the offense and playing defense to boot. Keeper Notes HalKaiser posted on Twitter;
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“From my standpoint, if you aren’t convinced already that Andressa is one of the best midfielders in the league, I don’t know what to say.”
Head coach Randy Waldrum echoed similar sentiments saying “Andressa was our best player.”
Houston saw Chioma Ubogagu, Cami Prevett, and Caity Heap get their first starts of 2016 and all three were impressive. Heap was replaced at the half by Irish international Denise O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan in her Houston Dash debut just days (3 days of practice) after arriving in the States played a solid 45 minutes. Her first shot from distance was a chip that just went over the crossbar.
Kealia Ohai in her third start this season nearly gave Houston the lead in the 47th minute. On the play, the third year veteran was initially offside when the play began but by the time Daly’s shot had been parried by Stanley and fell to Ohai, the forward was back onside however the offsides flag was up and the goal was disallowed.
“We created enough chances to win,” said Waldrum after the game. I am pleased with our performance especially defensively. Disappointed though not to get all three points.”
Houston (1-1-1, four points) will be in Kansas City next Saturday (May 7, 2016) for a match against the NWSL champions of a season ago. Kick-off is set for 7:30p.m. CDT