The Houston Dash did something on Sunday that the Houston Dynamo FC could not do on Saturday. They put together a full 90 minute plus performance winning 2-0 on the road in Kansas City. The victory comes as the team begins an important three match road trip.
Houston learned from it late loss at home to San Diego last week but were ready this week against the Kansas City Current. Houston's win avenged an earlier 2-1 loss to the Current in the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup Tournament. The clean sheet was the first in the team's last 12 matches dating back to last season.
Dash keeper Jane Campbell described the team effort for this match and the upcoming games with perfect description. "Just have to stay together. Defend together." Those seven words describe the unity of the team game in and game out. "We got the win collectively," concluded Campbell in her post game press conference.
Rachel Daly gave the Dash the early lead in the 40th minute converting her sixth consecutive penalty kick dating back to last season. The Dash continued to nurse the lead through some dangerous moments in the second half and into stoppage time before Bri Visali struck for the insurance goal. Visali's goal in the sixth minute of second half stoppage time was all Houston needed stop the Current.
Visali has become more of a sub then a starter since bursting on the scene back in the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. "It's exciting to get an opportunity to contribute to the team, to capitalize on the moment and a testament to everyone being important to the team," said Visali about her moment. "The group comes first and foremost."
The Dash travel to Racing Louisville FC next weekend in an effort to collect a second road win in as many weeks. The Dash looking to make it two in a row over RLFC after defeating them 2-1 in their final Challenge Cup match back on April 24th.