The Houston Dash close out the week with a visit from Sydney Leroux and the Orlando Pride. Houston and Orlando put their unbeaten streaks in the line in Friday night's match-up. The Dash been on a roll unbeaten in its last four matches while Orlando looks for its third straight road win.
Keys to a Houston Dash positive result always start with Rachel Daley. The English native played in her 100th NWSL match and scored her 41st career goal across all competition in celebration. The goal in the closing minutes of first half stoppage time on Monday gave Houston the equalizer against the North Carolina Courage.
The defense on Sunday as of late has been playing well. Houston has instituted a three back set which almost unheard of at any level of soccer. Ally Prissock who just returned to the team from France enjoys the change in formation.
“Yeah, I feel like I don't remember the last time I played a three-back. I know that I've played four but it is new for the team. We've never really done it. It was kind of a surprise, like, it was like, Okay, we're going to do this like, here we go," said Prissock at Wednesday's press conference. "I think everyone just like got on board. Like I said like we have talented players, but it's just a matter of putting it together. We all got on board and just kind of executed that.”
Orlando's offense will be Houston's stiffest test to date. The Pride have scored multiple goals in four consecutive matches including two in their latest win bth in second half stoppage time.
Houston also had a potent offensive with Daly, Maria Sanchez and Nichelle Prince creating havoc up top. Houston tested NCC keeper Casey Murphy with 15 shots, three ties as many as their opponent. Those three will be a handful for a Pride defense that has allowed just one goal in their last two road outings.
The match-up also brings former Dash keeper Erin McLeod back to PNC Stadium. McLeod helped carry Houston through the lean years of 2014 and 2015. Megan (Oyster) Montefusco and Marissa Viggiano (Dash) are expected to dress out against their old teams.
Houston leads the Space Derny series 9-2-4 as they get set for kick-off at 7:30pm on Friday night June 1st.