Preview: Houston Dash vs. Boston Breakers

Dash look to bounce back from losing streak

THE BASICS
Houston Dash vs. Boston Breakers 
Friday, July 11, 8:00 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: CSN Plus
Stream: HoustonDashSoccer.com – 8:00 p.m.

REFEREE: Bernhard Hosu. Assistant Referees: Karen Abt, Pedro Trejo Jr.; 4th Official: Christa Dorsey 

PREVIEW

The Houston Dash (4-10-1; 13 points) welcome the Boston Breakers (3-11-2; 11 points) to BBVA Compass Stadium for the second meeting between the teams this season. The clubs faced off in April resulting in a 3-2 victory for the Houston Dash—the first win in franchise history. The Dash look to rally from their previous results, as they are on a three-game losing streak in NWSL play. Boston travels to Houston for its fourth of seven consecutive road games, looking for its first win since June 11. 

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, June 13)

HOUSTON DASH -- OUT: Brittany Bock (left ACL surgery), Teresa Noyola (left Achilles tendonitis), Lauren Sesselmann (left ACL surgery); PROBABLE: Bianca Henninger (right hip strain)

BOSTON BREAKERS -- OUT: Julie King (right calf strain), Nikki Washington (right hamstring strain)

LAST TIME VS. BOSTON

The two teams met for the first time on April 20 at Harvard Stadium, and it was a historic night for the Dash as they recorded the first win in franchise history. Boston jumped out to an early lead after Lisa De Vanna played Heather O'Reilly behind the Dash defense for a breakaway goal in the first minute. Ella Masar equalized five minutes after halftime, scoring the first goal in Dash history, but Joanna Lohman headed home an O'Reilly cross in the 70th minute for a late lead. Second half subs Rafaelle Souza and Teresa Noyola made the difference in the final ten minutes for the Dash, though. Souza dribbled through the Breakers' defense in the 81st minute and layed off a ball at the top of the box for Noyola, who hit a perfect shot to the top corner to tie it up. Souza again used her dribbling skills to earn a penalty kick five minutes from time, which Noyola stepped up to convert for the winning goal.

SCOUTING BOSTON BREAKERS 

This season the Breakers find themselves ninth place in the NWSL standings with a 3-11-2 record (11 points). Boston is led offensively by midfielders Lianne Sanderson, Heather O’Reilly, and forward Jazmine Reeves. The trio have provided 13 of Boston’s 22 goals, with Reeves leading the team with five. In net Boston relies on the services of Alyssa Naeher, who has started every game in net for the Breakers. She’s recorded one shutout and has posted a 2.18 goals against average.

HOUSTON DASH ACQUIRE FORWARD MELISSA HENDERSON

The Houston Dash acquired forward Melissa Henderson from FC Kansas City in exchange for a third round pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft on Wednesday. Henderson, 24, has played in five games (three starts) for FC Kansas City this season. She played in 17 games (13 starts) for FCKC in 2013, scoring a goal in their semifinal loss to Portland Thorns FC. To make roster space for Henderson, the Dash have also waived midfielder Lindsay Elston. Elston appeared in five games, starting one, for Houston this year.