The Houston Dash capped off a three-game homestand with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars this evening at BBVA Stadium.
Midfielder Kristie Mewis scored the game-winner off a service from midfielder Sophie Schmidt in the 83rd minute. Mewis’ goal came after her own corner kick was cleared away and the ball fell to Schmidt on the opposite side of the penalty area. The Canadian international drove to the byline before chipping back across the goal where Mewis had raced to the back post and tapped the ball home.
The Red Stars struck first, scoring in the fourth minute through forward Mallory Pugh. Pugh chased down a deflection deep in the corner and cut back inside onto her right foot at the corner of the penalty area before firing a low shot across the face of goal and inside the far post.
Houston leveled the score in the 18th minute through forward Nichelle Prince. The Canadian international picked up a diagonal pass 40 yards from goal on the right flank and raced at the Chicago left back before firing a shot from the corner of the penalty area that sailed over Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and settled in the net just inside the far post.
A tense second half saw both teams come up with dangerous chances, but it looked as though neither side was able to break through before Mewis’ goal.
Houston’s back line came up with a massive play in the 55th minute when Chicago appeared ready to score with the ball at a Red Stars attacker’s foot in front of an empty net, but defender Allysha Chapman stepped in and cleared the ball off the line at the last instant, keeping the score level at a goal apiece.
Chicago threatened again in the 59th when former Dash forward Kealia Watt dribbled across the top of the penalty area before shooting. Her low right-footed effort rolled inches wide of the far post for a Houston goal kick.
In the 62nd minute, it was Houston that came inches from scoring. Prince got inside of her defender at the corner of the penalty area before laying the ball off to midfielder Shea Groom. Groom ran on and put her laces through a hard right-footed shot, but her effort whistled just wide of the post.
After playing three matches in an eight-day span, the Dash will welcome a respite from midweek play before traveling to Kansas City on Sunday, June 6 to face Kansas City NWSL at Legends Field. Kickoff for that match is set for 1 p.m. CDT and it will be streamed live on Paramount+.