Houston’s unfortunate losing streak continues.
With a 1-0 loss on Sunday night, the Dash dropped their 10th straight match against Seattle Reign FC at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas. Jane Campbell had a standout performance with seven saves as Seattle fired 21 shots in her direction, nine on goal.
Campbell’s strong play solidified Houston’s mid-week decision to deal Lydia Williams to Seattle for a second round pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
The 22-year-old rookie denied Jess Fishlock’s penalty kick in the eighth minute after Bruna clipped Merritt Mathias inside the box with a late challenge. Fishlock struck her penalty well and Campbell dove to her right to make the key stop.
8' Huge save by @jane_campbell1 off of the @ReignFC's penalty kick. #HOUvSEA 0-0 pic.twitter.com/FCljpZPq1c— NWSL (@NWSL) September 4, 2017
The Dash found their way behind Seattle’s backline a few times but was unable to beat Williams. In the 54th minute, Nichelle Prince played the ball across the box to an open Janine Beckie near the far post, the Canadian International took a touch around a defender but her shot was stopped by Williams.
55' @nichelleprince7 with a breakaway pass to @janinebeckie4 for a good look, but @lydsaussie is there for the save. #HOUvSEA 0-1 pic.twitter.com/SX8aENnZZk— NWSL (@NWSL) September 4, 2017
Merritt Mathias scored the lone goal of the match in the 50th minute. Mathias received a through ball from Beverly Yanez and placed a strike past a diving Campbell and into the upper corner.
50' @merrbear11 scores the first goal of the game, giving the @ReignFC the lead early in the second half. #HOUvSEA 0-1 pic.twitter.com/xYpcZurrMh— NWSL (@NWSL) September 4, 2017
Cami Levin provided Houston with a great opportunity to net a late equalizer in the 84th minute. Levin launched Houston’s counterattack with a long-run, was played through by Caity Heap and struck a left-footed strike towards goal. Williams made a leaping save to end the attack.
84' @c_levin takes her shot, but @lydsaussie with the save. #HOUvSEA pic.twitter.com/X0y9XU7FKi— NWSL (@NWSL) September 4, 2017
Additionally, transfer deadline addition Kristie Mewis had a strong performance in her first appearance for Houston placing three shots on frame.
Houston will have to wait until 2018 to earn their first win over Seattle in franchise history. With the loss, the Dash drop to eighth place in the league standings. Houston will go on the road to face-off against the North Carolina Courage next Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 pm CT.
Dash Starting XI: Campbell; Poliana, Bruna, Brooks, Levin; Roccaro; Andressinha, Mewis; Beckie; Hagen, Prince #HOUvSEA pic.twitter.com/AsqCDjrWqS— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 3, 2017
Here is the Starting XI for tonight's match presented by the @FCDallas Foundation. #HOUvSEA— Seattle Reign FC (@ReignFC) September 3, 2017
Lineup Notes: https://t.co/27ouoIqS9o pic.twitter.com/pSyrSYa54L