Chicago took the lead early in the first half after Chicago capitalized on a turnover outside the box. Dash defender Allysha Chapman attempted to clear a cross, but the ball fell to midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo who found Katie Johnson at the top of the penalty area. The Mexican international beat the Dash goalkeeper with a right-footed shot at the bottom corner of the far post.
The Dash threatened the Red Stars goal two minutes later when defender Clare Polkinghorne headed a ball above the crossbar on a free kick from Dash midfielder Sofia Huerta. Australian teammate and Dash forward Kyah Simon tested her luck in the 21st minute when she cut to her right foot and fired a shot from outside the box that was saved by Emily Boyd.
Houston continued to press, creating more opportunities in the final third. At the 31st minute, Chapman beat two Chicago defenders and dribbled the ball toward the left side of the goal, her cross was menacing – but eventually cleared by the Red Stars’ backline.
The Dash continued to attack with crosses from open play, tallying a total of 14 throughout the game. One of the most dangerous cross came from Huerta in the 41st minute when she found midfielder Haley Hanson inside the box, but the University of Nebraska product was denied at the near post by the Chicago goalkeeper.
The Dash kick off a cross-country road trip next week when they face the Washington Spirit at 6:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, July 20 at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Houston will then travel to the Pacific Northwest for a showdown with the Portland Thorns at 9:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, July 24 at Providence Park. Both matches will be streamed live on Yahoo! Sports.
Houston Dash (3-5-4; 13 pts) vs. Chicago Red Stars (5-2-5; 17 pts)
NWSL Regular Season, Week 13
Saturday, July 13, 2019 – BBVA Stadium – Houston, TX
Team 1H 2H FT
Houston Dash 0 0 0
Chicago Red Stars 1 0 1
CHI: Katie Johnson 1 (Vanessa DiBernardo 2) 7’
Houston Dash: Jane Campbell; Allysha Chapman (CeCe Kizer 82), Clare Polkinghorne, Amber Brooks, Arianna Romero (Jamia Fields 73); Sophie Schmidt, Haley Hanson, Kristie Mewis; Sofia Huerta, Kealia Ohai © (Christine Nairn 66), Kyah Simon
Unused Substitutes: Bianca Henninger, Ally Prisock, Lindsay Agnew, Ariana Calderon
Total shots: 9 (Kyah Simon 5); Shots on goal: 2 (Kyah Simon 2); Fouls: 9 (Sophie Schmidt 2); Offside: 8 (Sofia Huerta, Kyah Simon and Kealia Ohai tied with 2); Corner kicks: 8 (Sofia Huerta 7); Saves: 1 (Jane Campbell 1)
Chicago Red Stars: Emily Boyd; Casey Short, Katie Naughton, Sarah Gorden, Arin Wright; Nikki Stanton, Vanessa DiBernardo ©, Savannah McCaskill (Brooke Elby 63); Katie Johnson (Kayla Sharples 87), Yuki Nagasato, Sam Kerr
Unused substitutes: Danielle Colaprico, Hannah Davison, Jenna Szczesny, Zoey Goralski, Megan Hinz
Total shots: 6 (Sam Kerr 3) Shots on goal: 2 (Katie Johnson and Sam Kerr tied with 1); Fouls: 11 (Nikki Stanton 4); Offside: 3 (Sam Kerr 2); Corner kicks: 2 (Savannah McCaskill); Saves: 2 (Emily Boyd 2)
CHI: Nikki Stanton (caution; unsporting behavior) 66
HOU: Haley Hanson (caution; unsporting behavior) 77
Referee: Guido Gonzales Jr.
Assistant Referee 1: Kali Smith
Assistant Referee 2: Salma Perez
Fourth Official: Juliana Duncan
Weather: Rainy, 90 degrees