The 5,081 fans in the stands at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas saw the Houston Dash and Sky Blue FC battle to a scoreless draw on Friday, April 29, 2016. With the draw, both teams now post a 1-1-1 season record for 2016. The match was the second home game for the Dash, as they remain unbeaten in the friendly confines of their home stadium in 2016.
Houston outshot their New Jersey opponents 20-6 in addition to posting a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal. Forward Rachel Daly led the Dash charge with six shots; three of them on goal. Daly spoke to the media after the game in the post-game press conference and discussed the team’s performance.
“I’m never happy when you don’t win, but I think a point is better than nothing. I think we were, again it was a shock to the system, but it did get better. We saw glimpses of us keeping the ball, creating chances. I had a few chances myself, should have put them away, but it got better as the game went on.”
The Dash and Sky Blue faced each other three times in 2015, with two of the matches ending in a draw and one game where Sky Blue won. They played to a 1-1 draw on April 18 and May 31 at Yurcak Filed on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Dash 2-0 loss to Sky Blue came on August 7 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Fans also saw the debut of midfielder Denise O’Sullivan, who came into the game in the 46th minute as a replacement for Caity Heap. The Ireland native tallied two shots and one shot on goal in 44 minutes of play. She arrived in Houston on Sunday, April 24 and had her first training session with the Dash two days later.
Head coach Randy Waldrum was questioned by the press about the Dash’s performance after the game.
“I thought overall, defensively, we were really good. We were good enough to win. So the disappointing part is that we didn’t win. The positive part is that we didn’t lose. You know, we’re 1-1-1 after three games, so we’ll keep plugging away.”
The Dash will play their next two games on the road before returning home to face the Orlando Pride on Friday, May 20. On Saturday, May 7, they will play FC Kansas City at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri. Their second road game will be against the Washing Spirit on May 14 at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Maryland.