Tough 1-0 loss keeps Houston Dash from first place tie

The Washington Spirit did enough to make a Joanna Lohman goal in the 39th minute stand up for a 1-0 win over the Houston Dash.  Unmarked in the box as the Christine Naim service arrived, the Spirit midfielder put it away past Williams.  The Silver Springs, Maryland native’s header  kept Houston winless at the Maryland Soccer Complex, home of the Spirit.  Washington goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe’s fourth clean sheet of the season prevented the Houston Dash from moving into a first place in the NWSL standings.

The Houston Dash won a corner in the first minute of play but Andressa’s service into the box could not be converted.  It was just the first of many opportunities,Houston failed to convert. In the 22nd minute another Andressa delivery into the box was headed over the crossbar. Fifteen minutes later, Rachel Daly’s header towards the near post was inches wide of the mark.

Opportunities continued to be created and missed in the second half.  The best opportunity came in the 67th minute as Alyssa Chapman,s ball fell to Daly but her volley went wide.

With the exception of Lohman’s goal, Houston Dash keeper Lydia Williams was untested until late in the match.  Near the hour mark, Houston blocked subsequent shots from Naim and Estafani Banini.   In the 79th and 87th minute, Williams was up to the task stopping the Spirit’s top threats in Crystal Dunn and Banini.

“It was a hard fought game,” said a disappointed head coach Randy Waldrum following the match.  “We just came up short.”

Now 2-2-1, the Houston Dash return home for a rematch with the Orlando Pride.  Orlando registered its win of the season with a 1-0 win over the Western New York Flash.  Friday night’s kick-off is set for 7:30p.m. CDT.




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