Boyds, MD (June 2, 2017) – The Washington Spirit will play host to the Houston Dash for the second and final time in the 2017 NWSL regular season on Saturday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex’s Maureen Hendricks Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Youth Soccer Night at the SoccerPlex.
The Spirit returns home this week following a narrow 3-2 road loss at FC Kansas City on May 27. Washington’s Kristie Mewis scored her second goal of the season and Havana Solaun netted her team-leading third goal, but Kansas City’s Sydney Leroux found the net twice and U.S. Women’s National Team captain Becky Sauerbrunn netted her first of the season in the win for the home side.
Houston fell 2-0 to the Seattle Reign in its most recent match on May 27, marking the team’s fourth loss in a row. Interim head coach Omar Morales will make his debut at the helm for the Dash on Saturday, after the club mutually parted way with former coach Randy Waldrum earlier this week.
The first meeting between the Spirit and Dash this season was a defensive battle, as a 28th minute strike by Dash captain Kealia Ohai proved to be the only goal in a 1-0 decision at the Maryland SoccerPlex on April 29. Washington heads into Saturday’s matchup with Houston having conceded just six goals in four home games so far in 2017.
Canada Women’s National Team and Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé enters the weekend with the second-most saves in the NWSL with 31, while her Canadian teammate Shelina Zadorsky leads the Spirit with 32 clearances and nine blocks from her center back position.
After making her historic professional debut for the Spirit on May 20 at home against FC Kansas City, 19-year-old U.S. Women’s National Team forward Mallory Pugh made her first career start and played the full 90 minutes last weekend on the road against FCKC.
Following this weekend’s full slate of games around the league, all 10 NWSL teams will be on bye next weekend for an international break as the U.S., Canada and multiple other nations take part in training camps and friendlies around the world.
Pugh will represent the Spirit on the U.S. Women’s National Team’s trip to Scandanavia, where they will play friendlies against Sweden and Norway. Labbé, Zadorsky and rookie Lindsay Agnew have all been called to play a pair of friendlies for Canada against Costa Rica. After the break, the Spirit will return to NWSL play on June 17 for a road match against the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL on Lifetime Game of the Week.
Tickets for all Washington Spirit home games are available now at Tickets.WashingtonSpirit.com
Top Facts, Provided by Opta
- Washington has won four of the last five games against the Dash. However, the Dash won the most recent game in Week 3 this season –1-0 in Washington.
- Washington has won just one of four games at home this season (3L). The Spirit have been shut out three times at home, as many times as the rest of the NWSL combined (Boston, FC Kansas City and Houston have each been shut out once at home).
- Houston has won just one road game this season (3L). Their lone road win was a 1-0 shutout of Washington in Week 3. They have been outscored 9-3 in their other three away games.
- Spirit defender Shelina Zadorsky attempted 61 passes last weekend, the most of any Washington player in a single game this season. Zadorsky had a 85.3% passing accuracy, the 10th-highest of any player to attempt at least 60 passes in a game this season.
- The Houston Dash have missed nine big chances this season, the second-most in the league. The Dash have converted just 25% of their big chances this season, tied with FC Kansas City for the worst conversion rate in the league.
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