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Boyds, MD (May 25, 2018) – The Washington Spirit looks to win consecutive games for the first time this season Sunday night when the team travels to Texas to take on the Houston Dash. Kickoff from BBVA Compass Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET with a live stream available on go90.
Washington returned to the win column on Wednesday night, defeating Sky Blue FC 1-0 behind a 64th minute game-winner from Ashley Hatch at the Maryland Soccerplex. U.S international Andi Sullivan recorded the first assist of her NWSL career on the play.
The Spirit and the Dash will both play in their third match in eight days on Sunday. It will be the first of three matchups between the two sides this season, and the first of two in Houston. The Dash enter Sunday’s contest in solid form, posting a 2-1-2 record over its past five games. The Dash defeated Seattle Reign FC 2-1 on Wednesday in Houston.
NWSL saves leader Aubrey Bledsoe enters Sunday’s contest coming off of her second clean sheet of the season. She leads all goalkeepers with 45 saves. The back line of Caprice Dydasco, Whitney Church, Estelle Johnson and Taylor Smith persevered the shutout against Sky Blue FC, each going the full 90 minutes and allowing only four shots on goal.
Bledsoe and the Spirit defense will look to slow down Dash forward Rachel Daly, who has played every minute of Houston’s 10 games so far while scoring two goals and posting a team-leading 16 shots. Daly is tied for the most goals on the team with midfielders Veronica Latsko and Kristie Mewis.
Wednesday saw the debut of U.S. international Rose Lavelle in a Spirit uniform, as she returned from a hamstring injury and played the final 16 minutes as a substitute in the midfield. Lavelle and the Washington offensive attack led by top goal-scorers Francisca Ordega (3 goals), Mallory Pugh (2 goals) and Hatch (2 goals) look to attack the Houston defense led by goalkeeper Jane Campbell and defenders Janine van Wyk and Kimberly Keever, all of whom have played every game this season for the Dash.
A win against Houston on Sunday would not only be the Spirit’s first road victory of the season, but would also allow the team to jump Houston in the NWSL standings, with the Dash holding seventh place, one spot ahead of Washington.
Following Sunday’s match, Washington will return home to face the Chicago Red Stars in the Lifetime NWSL Game of the Week on Saturday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m. ET. [TICKETS]