For the fourth straight season, the Houston Dash will have to wait until next year for a chance to compete in the playoffs.
The North Carolina Courage defeated the Houston Dash 1-0 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Kristen Hamilton scored the lone goal of the match in the 26th minute. Following a throw-in, Abby Erceg flicked the behind her and Hamilton pounced on the ball and tapped home her.
26' A perfect flick by @aerceg5 to @khamilton17 and @TheNCCourage take the 1-0 lead. #NCvHOU pic.twitter.com/pmKO2lZHTs— NWSL (@NWSL) September 10, 2017
Jane Campbell continued her strong form making five saves on the night. The rookie keeper made an impressive stop with her feet in the 71st minute to keep the match close.
71' Strong attack by @TheNCCourage, but @jane_campbell1 makes the save with her feet. #NCvHOU 1-0 pic.twitter.com/pvRvCTMD2F— NWSL (@NWSL) September 10, 2017
Houston’s offense, however, was unable to string together consistent chances. The Dash were outshot 22-8 and only managed to put two shots on frame. In the 48th minute, Houston had their best chance of the night as Sarah Hagen launched a strike on goal, Katelyn Rowland dove to her left to make the stop.
48' @sarahapplehagen gets a shot in traffic, but @rowland_katelyn goes low for the save. #NCvHOU 1-0 pic.twitter.com/sPkLyibb6e— NWSL (@NWSL) September 10, 2017
With the loss, Houston remains in eighth place with a 7-12-2 record, while the Courage 15-6-0 are now five points clear of Portland Thorns FC and have also clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs.
The Dash return to BBVA Compass Stadium on September 23 and will face the Chicago Red Stars. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm CT.
Starting XI: Campbell; Poliana, Brooks ©, Van Wyk, Levin; Roccaro; Andressinha, Mewis; Daly, Hagen, Prince#NCvHOU pic.twitter.com/gbfo34Uk2x— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 9, 2017
Tonight's Starting XI for #NCvHOU!— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) September 9, 2017
You can watch the game on https://t.co/ETy5uoUw1O, the NWSL app or locally on WRAL2 at 7:30 pm ET pic.twitter.com/Tb0Ds1aFpT