Houston Dash 1, North Carolina Courage 1
With all the absences due to USWNT call ups that the Courage was going to experience going into their match against the Dash on Sunday, many people designated this game as a possible trip up in their attempt to extend their unbeaten streak to 12 games.
In the second half of this game, it looked like that prediction might come to fruition when a strike from Kealia Ohai put the Dash up 1-0 in the 49th minute, a lead that would hold until recent National Team Replacement Player Frannie Crouse equalized for the Courage in the 80th, finishing the match 1-1.
The match was marked with Houston summer heat, and many players struggled to keep energy up on both sides. It wasn’t surprising then that the Houston opener came from a long kick from Dash keeper Jane Campbell that sprang Ohai free on the left side, to slot the ball home far post.
However, upon going up, the Dash perhaps took too much time off of the ball, and let North Carolina work their way back into the match. After a ball was sent in from the North Carolina midfield, a scrum of players in front of the Houston goal struggled to clear, and Crouse pounced on it to equalize from close range.
Both teams walked away from the match with an ongoing unbeaten streak, with Houston at 3 games earning points and the Courage in third place all-time with 12.
- Houston Dash – Kealia Ohai (Jane Campbell), 49′
- North Carolina Courage – Frannie Crouse (unassisted), 80′
Reign, Pride play to scoreless draw
Week 10 concluded with Seattle Reign FC and the Orlando Pride playing to a scoreless draw at Memorial Stadium that left the sides in sole possession of 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Both teams were woefully shorthanded due to national team call ups plus some key injuries that included Marta and Ali Krieger staying back in Orlando.
The Reign dominated the first half but it was the Pride who earned the best chance of the match. Carson Pickett drove a free kick that Alanna Kennedy headed off the crossbar. The rebound came to Sydney Leroux who looked to have an open goal to head it into. Instead Leroux fired wide.
The Reign nearly won it in the late stages thanks to some work by energetic substitute Jasmyne Spencer. In the dying moments she got deep down the left and slid a cross through the six-yard box that rolled all the way across and beyond the danger zone.
The Reign (5-2-3, 18 pts) return to action June 16 in Washington. The Pride (4-3-4, 16 pts) next host Sky Blue FC, also June 16.
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