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Houston, Texas (August 17, 2018) – The Washington Spirit fell to the Houston Dash on Friday night in their final road match of the 2018 NWSL season.
The Dash took a 1-0 lead into halftime before netting three second half goals, winning by a final score of 4-0. Kealia Ohai spotted Houston the lead late in the first half with a goal in the 41st minute, scored on an assist from Rachel Daly.
From there, Sofia Huerta recorded a second half brace with goals in the 58th and 76th minutes. Taylor Comeau assisted Huerta’s first goal, and Daly notched her second assist of the night on Huerta’s second score.
Kyah Simon finished the scoring in the 84th minute on a strike from outside the box set up by Veronica Latsko.
Washington controlled 60.1 percent of the possession in the match, but the Dash were able to outshoot the Spirit by a margin of 23-15, with 10 shots on target to the Spirit’s three.
Washington will return to action on Wednesday, August 22 against Utah Royals FC as the club opens up a stretch of three home games in a row to finish the 2018 season. It will be the Spirit’s first-ever home game against the first-year Utah club. [TICKETS]
-NWSL Match Report-
Match: Washington Spirit at Houston Dash
Date: August 17, 2018
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
HOU – K. Ohai 41 (Assists: R. Daly, L. Motlhalo)
HOU – S. Huerta 58 (Assists: T. Comeau)
HOU – S. Huerta 76 (Assists: R. Daly)
HOU – K. Simon 84 (Assists: V. Latsko)
WAS (4-3-3): 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 24-Estelle Johnson (c), 4-Rebecca Quinn, 7-Taylor Smith, 3-Caprice Dydasco; 8-Meggie Dougherty Howard, 16-Rose Lavelle (5-Whitney Church, 62’), 6-Andi Sullivan; 11-Mallory Pugh (22-Mallory Eubanks, 46’),
14-Francisca Ordega (17-Cali Farquharson, 73’), 33-Ashley Hatch
Substitutes Not Used: 2-Arielle Ship, 15-Joanna Lohman, 21-DiDi Haracic, 9-DiDi Haracic
HOU (4-2-3-1): 1-Jane Campbell; 4-Allysha Chapman, 22-Amber Brooks,
21-Taylor Comeau (20-Lindsay Agnew, 88’), 8-Clare Polkinghorne; 3-Rachel Daly, 23-Sofia Huerta; 7-Kealia Ohai (c), (17-Kyah Simon, 71’), 9-Haley Hanson, 10-Linda Motlhalo; 12-Veronica Latsko
Substitutes Not Used: 11-Thembi Kgatlana, 16-Sammy Jo Prudhomme, 14-Nichelle Prince, 5-Janine van Wyk, 13-Savannah Jordan
Stats Summary: HOU / WAS
Possession: 39.9% / 60.1%
Shots: 23 / 15
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 5 / 5
Offside: 5 / 3
Referee: Michael Radchuk
Assistant Referee 1: Francisco Bermudez
Assistant Referee 2: Kaili Terry
Fourth Official: Andrea Jedele