Houston Dash suffered their first loss of preseason as they fell to a 2-1 loss to Chicago Red Stars in the Thorns Spring Invitational in Portland on Wednesday night.
Chicago had the lead in the first half as a penalty allowed them to take the lead in the 41st minute which came after Chicago forward Jen Hoy was brought down. That allowed another Chicago forward, Christen Press to step up to the spot and hit the penalty successfully to make it 1-0 for Chicago at half-time.
The second half was like the first, tight throughout most of the match with neither side able to get a goal until late in the half. That goal came in the 81st minute through yet another penalty as Houston forward Melissa Henderson was fouled by Chicago defender Taylor Comeau, allowing Henderson to dust herself off and bury the penalty.
But that was only short lived as two minutes later Chicago restored their lead and sealed the win with Press again scoring the goal. The cross came in to the box, Press controlled with her first touch and scored with her second, scoring with a goal that snuck in by the near post for the winner.
Things could have been very different for the Dash had they have converted their early chances in the match. Three minutes in Janine Beckie and Nichelle Prince linked up well for Houston as Prince set up Beckie whose shot beat the keeper but scraped the crossbar on the way out for a goalkick.
Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naher was on fire for the Red Stars as she made several strong saves against the Dash throughout the much. In the 22nd minute Beckie was denied as her volley was saved by a Naher punch before another chance fell to Beckie again in the 39th when Naher recovered to close down Beckie and get enough on it to get it away from the forward, proving a vital part of the win.