Perhaps it was a bad sign when the weather forced the game to delay. After a three hour delay due to rain and lightning, the Dash took the field in Chicago. The Dash relied on goalkeeper Bianca Henninger after primary keeper Erin McLeod became unavailable. Chicago tested Henninger early and often throughout the game. In addition, Austrian forward Nina Burger joined the Dash roster for the first time. Burger did get a chance at the goal during the second half, but her run fell shy of connecting with a pass.
33 minutes into the game, Red Stars player Jen Hoy scored a chip over Henninger’s hands, drawing the only goal of the night.
The undisputed woman of the match was Bianca Henninger, who made a dizzying amount of saves, many one on one, to hold the Red Stars to a slim lead. Despite earning a yellow card in the second half, Henninger put in a stellar performance to preserve a chance for her team to regain the lead.
This loss to Chicago puts the Dash in the unfortunate position of a last place tie in the NWSL. The Dash will face Portland Thorns at BBVA Compass Stadium Wednesday, May 14, at 7:00pm.
Houston Dash Henninger (Yellow card), Romero, Hein, Toulouse (Ochs), Jackson Kyle, Noyola, Edwards, Ohai (McCarty), Masar (Yellow card, Richardson), Burger
Chicago Red Stars LeBlanc, Quon, Johnston, Wenino, Santacaterina, Leon (Yellow card), Chalupny, DiBernardo, Brock (Tancredi), Hoy (Bywaters)