The nightcap of Saturday’s NWSL Challenge Cup action saw Houston Dash put together a dominant performance, especially in the attack, to secure a 2-0 shutout win over OL Reign. Houston was able to address its previous defensive woes after allowing three goals in the opener to Utah.
Kristie Mewis and Shea Groom each found the back of the net to lead the way. Groom also notched a sweet back-heel assist to Mewis for the opening goal of the match, which proved to be the winner.
No team has scored more goals (five) through two games than the Dash. With the win, Houston moves to second place with four points and the goal differential edge over Utah in the standings.Up next for Houston is a date against Sky Blue FC on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on CBS All Access.
OL Reign: In their second match of group play the team was unable to get in the score sheet, with seven shot attempts on the night but none on target. New coach Farid Benstiti has the squad playing with strong possession but things just aren’t clicking for them in the final third. They’ve got two matches remaining before knockout stage to try and generate some fireworks on offense
Houston Dash: Coach James Clarkson tasked his team with a high press again in this match, and it paid off. Kristie Mewis opened the scoring for Houston early, and Rachel Daly got the start after being listed as questionable — she assisted on Shea Groom’s goal.
Houston will play against Sky Blue FC on Wednesday, while OL Reign face Utah Royals FC on Wednesday. You can catch every game on CBS All Access.