Houston Dash, Chicago Red Stars Battle to 2-2 Draw

Chicago Red Stars Battle

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (May 12, 2018) — Houston thought they had bagged three points on the road.

However, Sofia Huerta had other plans.

Huerta lined up a penalty kick shot past Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell in the 65th minute. The goal evened the score between the Dash and Chicago Red Stars at 2-2.

Houston Dash, Chicago Red Stars Battle to 2-2 Draw

The penalty kick was conceded by Amber Brooks.

Before Huerta’s penalty kick, Samantha Kerr had scored for the Red Stars, which was assisted by Arin Gilliland.

However, it was Rachel Daly that put the first points of the match on the board. The Dash midfielder/forward scored only six minutes into the match, beating Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

Houston had a second goal scored by Kristie Mewis in the 48th minute. Mewis’ second-half goal was assisted by Kyah Simon.

Despite the draw, the Red Stars had another reason to celebrate. Although she did not feature in the match, the Red Stars celebrated the return of Rosie White to the game day roster.

White, who joined the team from the now-dissolved Boston Breakers, has recovered from a foot injury, which required surgery.

“It’s been about five or six months since I’ve played soccer,” said White. “I’m really excited to get back on the field. It’s been a long process and I’m ready to go.”

White also said she was “shocked” that the Red Stars selected her in the Dispersal Draft.

“To be picked up fairly early in the draft, I was happy,” White said. “It really changes your whole world, but I’m really happy that Chicago picked me up.”

Three Takeaways

  1. Neither coach used all substitutions: Instead of using all three substitutions, Vera Pauw of the Houston Dash and Rory Dames of the Chicago Red Stars elected to only use two substitutes. Dames had the perfect opportunity to bring White into her first action of the season while Pauw could have added in Lindsay Agnew.
  2. Chicago comfortable attacking: There was a clear difference when the final statistics came out on who attacked more in the match. Watching it, things seemed relatively even. However, the stats showed differently. The Red Stars had 32 crosses compared to Houston’s six crosses. Chicago also took 16 shots compared to Houston’s six.
  3. Chicago trying to hang on: While it’s way too early to talk about hanging onto playoff spots, keeping the first four spots on the NWSL ladder are confidence boosters. Chicago is sitting in fourth place after a long stay in third place.

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