The Houston Dash will look for a repeat of their win against the Washington Spirit earlier this season as they travel to Maryland Saturday to take on the east coast team.
Currently Houston sit in fourth place in the NWSL standings, trailing only two points for the coveted first place spot. If the Dash can score another victory against the Spirit it will be their fourth of the season. For the offense, look for Houston head coach Randy Waldrum to continue playing forwards Kealia Ohai and Jessica McDonald up front. Ohai scored in Houston's win over Western New York Flash last weekend and in the 2015 season opener against Washington. McDonald has scored five goals in the last nine matches for the Dash, continuing her stellar performance for the club since her trade from Portland Thorns FC.
In defense, goalkeeper Bianca Henninger continues to be solid in the net for Houston. She currently leads the league in shutouts this season. Her performance will once again be crucial to the Dash's game this Saturday.
While the Dash have defeated Washington before this season, they may find a harder time of it on the Spirit's home turf. Currently, they are tied in the NWSL for the best home record this season. The Spirit are coming off a disappointing and frustrating match at Chicago, which was called early due to weather.
One point above the Dash in the NWSL standings, Washington will look to maintain their third place spot. And with league goalscoring leader Crystal Dunn, they will be looking to put the pressure on Houston, maybe even getting revenge for that opening 2-0 loss the Dash handed them.
Kick off at the Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex, 6 p.m. CT on Saturday.