HOUSTON – The Houston Dash conceded an early goal to the Chicago Red Stars and were unable to equalize, falling 1-0 Saturday night at BBVA Stadium.
The start of the match was delayed 30 minutes due to storms in Houston. Once both teams got on the pitch, the Red Stars took the early lead and the Dash weren’t able to bounce back.
“Yeah, really disappointed. Another individual error cost us the goal, and we haven’t responded and done enough to win the game. They didn’t create anything after the goal and it’s really disappointing. It’s another home loss and we should be winning these games. We should be much harder to fair up the table,” Dash coach James Clarkson said.
In the seventh minute, forward Katie Johnson saw no challenge from the Dash and made her way into Houston territory, shooting a right-footer. Houston goalkeeper Jane Campbell stretched but wasn’t able to stop the ball from hitting the back of the net.
“I was hoping we’d get one tonight. Yeah, it’s been too long. We haven’t had one since we beat Utah. It is incredibly frustrating, and we keep digging ourselves [into] a hole, especially early on. We are finding it very difficult to get out there,” Clarkson said.
The home team controlled the midfield and created several runs, but the Dash were unable to score before the end of the first 45 minutes.
“That one hurt. We definitely were in the game. I’m disappointed we didn’t come away with any points. I know everyone feels that way as well. It was definitely there for the taking. It was an unfortunate goal for them and we came back in the second half, but just couldn’t execute in anything, really. That was pretty disappointing,” Dash forward Kyah Simon said.
For most of the second half, it was a back and forth match with no luck for either team. The Dash came out less aggressive in the last 45 minutes and could not get a handle on the game. They have had trouble winning home games, going 1-4-2 in Houston.
“I’m disappointed. It’s never good to drop points at home, especially in the position that we’re in where we need the points. I don’t think they were the better team. I felt like we just weren’t getting our chances on frame and that’s frustrating. When we need to get points, we need to get points. It’s getting to a point where if we lose anymore, it’s done,” said Sofia Huerta, who was visibly frustrated.
The Dash have back-to-back away games, first facing the Washington Spirit on Saturday. Houston will then travel to play at Portland Thorns FC on the following Wednesday.