Thursday night’s match between the Houston Dash and the Washington Spirit was the return of the NWSL after taking a midseason break for the Olympics. Ali Krieger was the only Olympic player from either team to play in the game.
It was a quiet start to the game with Bianca Henninger’s first save coming in the 22nd minute of the match. Christine Nairn hit a low shot to the far post but Henninger fell on it easily.
Washington was awarded a penalty when Cheyna Williams got around Cami Privett in the box. Privett put her arm out to bring Williams down. Nairn beat Henninger at the left post on the penalty kick to give Washington the 1-0 lead.
Nairn scored her second goal in the 64th minute. Nairn took a long chip, from 40 yards out, that sailed down the field and over Henninger to put Washington up 2-0.
The Dash pushed to get into the box in the last minutes in the game hoping to equalize. Kealia Ohai was on the receiving end of a cross from Stephanie Ochs. Ohai took one touch from inside the box and found the back of the next to give the Dash their first and only goal of the game in the 90th minute.
The Dash were unable to find a second goal and fell 2-1 to the Washington Spirit.
The win puts Washington into sole ownership of first place in the NWSL standings. The Dash sit in 9th place in the standings.
Next up for the Dash is the Western New York Flash who they face on August 27.
Dash starting XI: Henninger; Privett, Brush, Roccaro, Moros; Brooks; Henderson, O’Sullivan, Heap, Ohai; Ubogagu pic.twitter.com/RddaDxVT37— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) August 18, 2016
Substitutes: Alvarado, Brinson, Carter, Florio, Gilbertson, Ochs, Strother #HOUvWAS— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) August 18, 2016
58' Dash substitutions - Ochs and Florio in for Henderson and Heap. #HOUvWAS— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) August 19, 2016
72' Spirit substitution - Kleiner goes in for Stengel. #HOUvWAS— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) August 19, 2016