The Houston Dash missed a golden opportunity tp pick up three points at home against arguably one of the worst teams in the NWSL. It was a night where every attempt seemed to be right at the keeper, a night where every advantage did not play out as expected. It was a disappointing draw. A draw that never should have happened.
Houston began the night on a high note celebrating their former captain Rachel Daly. It was all downhill from there as the Dash who had scored 10 goals in their previous three matches came up empty. Now 12 hours later, the sting of the draw is still felt in the simple description by midfielder Sophie Schmidt after the match.
"That's the game of football, isn't it? It's not always the team that dominates and, you know, has all the chances that wins and these games are sometimes almost more frustrating to play. It's because you feel like you should be scoring, you are dominating and it's just that final piece that's not coming. We did a good job of not letting frustrations creep in. But at the same time, we didn't find a way to score a goal." Sophie Schmidt Houston Dash midfielder
The Dash dominated in every facet except the clinical end of the offensive third. Playing a man down for nearly an hour, Racing Louisville, a man down and with just zero wins in their last 10 sat deeper in the box and Houston played right into it. A man up, Houston found a way to give in to uncharacteristically unforced errors and until late in the match did little to stretch the RCL backline and create space.
"I think it's always harder to beat a team that's sitting back
deeper and has compact lines and, and they'll find that central area in front of net," continued Schmidt. "We didn't really have any clear
shots that they didn't get a body in front of. So I think they did a really good job of that but I think we
could have been more patient at times we gave the ball away a bit too cheaply and freely."
Houston has little time to think about this having to quickly refocus for a mid-week match with Gotham FC. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm CT at PNC Stadium.