COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – (Thursday, April 6, 2017) –The Houston Dash finished their 2017 preseason with a 2-1 victory over Texas A&M at Ellis Field.
Houston opens the 2017 NWSL regular season against the Chicago Red Stars at 1 p.m. on April 15 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Dash midfielder Amber Brooks scored the first goal of the game with a free kick in the 13th minute. Midfielder Caity Heap suffered a foul 15 yards outside the box and Brooks’ shot beat the Texas A&M goalkeeper with a menacing shot to the upper corner of the far post.
The Aggies equalized seven minutes later after they were awarded a free kick for an offside call. Defender Briana Alston’s free kick from the Aggies defensive half bounced into the box and over Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams at the near post.
Defender Cari Roccaro found forward Rachel Daly at the edge of the six yard box for the game-winning goal in the 79th minute. The English forward dove to make contact with the cross and her header beat the Aggie goalkeeper at the far post.
Houston applied consistent pressure throughout the opening half after the opening goal as Daly missed the inside of the near post with a shot from outside the box in the 14th minute.
Brazilian midfielder Andressa had two shots from outside the box that tested Aggie goalkeeper Taylor Saucier with a shot from the edge of the box in the 38th minute. Four minutes later, the midfielder’s shot went to the opposite post but the goalkeeper got a hand on the ball to concede a corner kick.
Minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute, defender Poliana was inches away from scoring Houston’s second goal. The defender was inches away from a Brooks’ cross outside the six yard box in the 69th minute.
Four minutes later, Andressa found Poliana at the near post but her header was off target.
Houston returns to training on Sunday in preparation for the first game of the 2017 NWSL regular season against the Chicago Red Stars at 1 p.m. on April 15 at BBVA Compass Stadium. For tickets and additional information, visit HoustonDashSoccer.com.
About the Houston Dash
The Houston Dash are a National Women’s Soccer League club that began play in April 2014 for the start of the league’s second season. The Dash were the first expansion club in the NWSL, joining the eight original members that launched the league in 2013, and are now one of 10 clubs in the league. The NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. It is the top-flight women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as talent from around the world. The 20-game regular season runs from April through September. The team trains at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, visit www.HoustonDashSoccer.com or call (713) 276-GOAL.