Here are three takeaways from the Houston Dash 4-0 victory over the Washington Spirit.
Franchise record in wins
With their 4-0 win against the Washington Spirit, Houston’s eight of the season, the Dash set a franchise record with most wins in a season. The five-year-old franchise previous high was set last season when it managed to win seven games. Aside from setting a franchise record in wins, the Dash also matched their highest goal output in a season, 29.
Rachel Daly, who leads the team with nine goals, said the Dash had a lot of doubters in the preseason, but that the team has gone out and shown that they are a better team.
“Especially pushing on now it’s hard at the end of the season to win out 4-0,” Daly said. “It’s close to the end of the season. I think it just shows what kind of team we are. That’s what we wanted to set out to do.”
Sofia Huerta’s impact on the Dash
Huerta was traded to the Dash June 18, and while she first believed she would be playing right back position — based on a miscommunication with her agent — the forward has made an impact with Houston at the forward position. A position she’s all too familiar in.
Huerta scored a brace against the Washington Spirit, bringing her season tally to seven goals, the most she’s scored in one season. But beyond the goals, the former Mexican international, who has since switched and now plays for the U.S. Women’s National Team, has made an impact on the Dash.
“Sofia has got a lot of skill sets — something different that we haven’t had,” Daly said. “Her work rate is something, again, that we haven’t had and I think that changes her game completely on how hard she works and it’s good to see her get two goals tonight and see the hard work pay off.”
Playoff mentality to finish the season
The Dash are still in contention to make the playoffs, something the franchise hasn’t done in its five years in the league. After back-to-back wins, Houston has etched closer to making that a reality. They are one point from the last playoff spot with three games remaining and more than likely have to win out to get in.
“We are approaching it like it’s a championship game and it’s a do-or-die game for us,” Dash forward Kyah Simon said. “I think having that mentality gives (us) that extra determination and drive going into it, knowing what’s on the line, and knowing that (our) season could end at any point after the 90 minutes.”