Preview: Houston Dash at Sky Blue FC

THE BASICS
Houston Dash at Sky Blue FC
Sunday, May 31, 2:00 p.m. CT
Yurcak Field, Piscataway, New Jersey

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Stream: HoustonDashSoccer.com/live – 2:00 p.m.

REFEREE: Levi Rippy. Assistant Referees: Mark Boyko, Michael Piercey; 4th Official: Artur Sibiga

PREVIEW
The Houston Dash (2-2-2, 8 points) take on Sky Blue FC (1-3-3, 6 points) at Yurcak Field to finish a tw0-game road stretch. The Dash came away from Portland last Saturday with a 1-0 win over Thorns FC to begin a two-match unbeaten streak. Sky Blue, meanwhile, traveled to Boston last Friday and came away with a 1-1 draw against the Breakers. SBFC has not won since opening day, a stretch of six matches.

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, May 29)

HOUSTON DASH -- OUT: Stephanie Ochs (right knee ACL surgery); PROBABLE: Brittany Bock (left knee ACL surgery)

SKY BLUE FC -- QUESTIONABLE: Sarah Killion (IT band tendinitis

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL TIME (4 meetings): Dash 1 win, 5 goals … Sky Blue 2 wins, 5 goals … Ties 1
  • AT SKY BLUE (3 meetings): Dash 1 win, 4 goals … Sky Blue 1 win, 2 goals … Ties 1
  • LAST MEETING: 4/18: SBFC 1, HOU 1 (Freels 14 – McDonald 52)
  • FUTURE MATCH: 8/7: Houston Dash vs. Sky Blue FC, 7:30 p.m. CT

SCOUTING SKY BLUE FC
After starting the year with a 1-0 win away at defending champions to stretch a winning streak to six games, Sky Blue FC hasn’t taken three points in the six matches since. While the defense has been very strong — only allowing more than one goal in a match once this season — scoring has been hard to come by. Sky Blue has scored five goals in seven matches, the least in the NWSL. Those have been scored by Katy Freels (3 goals) and Nadia Nadim (2 goals).

HENNINGER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Goalkeeper Bianca Henninger was named NWSL Player of the Week for her performance against Portland Thorns FC. Henninger made eight saves in keeping her second shutout of the year, including a trio of stops in the minutes before the Dash’s winning goal. Henninger is the second Dash player in history to claim Player of the Week honors. Former Dash midfielder Teresa Noyola won the award in Week 2 of the 2014 season.

BOCK GOES 90
Midfielder Brittany Bock went the full 90 minutes in last weekend's match at Portland Thorns FC in just her second game back from ACL surgery. Bock returned to the starting lineup for the first time in the 2-2 draw against the Chicago Red Stars on May 15, but was subbed out at halftime. Aided by the cool Oregon weather, Bock anchored the Dash midfield to their first-ever win against the Thorns last Saturday.

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