The Houston Dash opened the 2018 NWSL regular season with a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Red Stars this afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Kimberly Keever, one of three first-year players to start for Houston, scored her first goal as a professional in the 37th minute after she slid toward a low cross from Savannah Jordan at the near post to score Houston’s lone goal of the game.
Chicago salvaged a draw when Danielle Colaprico’s corner kick found Taylor Comeau in the first minute of second half stoppage time.
Jordan was inches away from her own goal in the 21st minute after her effort went wide of the far post. Veronica Latsko won the ball outside the box, found Linda Motlhalo who found Jordan in stride for Houston’s first scoring opportunity of the game.
Meleana Shim forced a save after her free kick went straight to goal, but Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was well positioned to handle her shot.
Houston almost doubled their lead minutes into the second half as Shim found Latsko unmarked inside the box, but her effort was blocked by Naeher who closed down quickly on the rookie.
Houston’s fast start to the second half continued in the 50th minute after Rachel Daly’s effort from outside the box was redirected by Nichelle Prince, but her effort went wide of the near post.
Houston returns to action on Friday as they host Utah Royals FC in their inaugural visit to BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets for the match start at $19 and are available here.