Dash still in push for playoffs despite 2-2 draw against the Spirit

Photo credit: Joshua Navarro | SFL Photographer


  • Dash FW Michelle Alozie scored her second goal of the season in stoppage time to tie the game 
  • Dash MF Sophie Schmidt scored her third goal of the season 
  • DF Caprice Dydasco, FW Valérie Gauvin made their Dash debuts this evening 

HOUSTON (Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022) – The Houston Dash earned a vital point in their push for the 2022 NWSL Playoffs with a come-from behind 2-2 draw against the Washington Spirit tonight at PNC Stadium.  


With the draw, Houston now sits on 29 points with four games remaining, assuring them of being no worse than second in the NWSL table pending results across the league later this evening. 


Forward Michelle Alozie scored the game-tying goal in the first minute of stoppage time when she hammered home a rebound from close range. Defender Caprice Dydasco, making her Dash debut after joining the team via trade last week, whipped in a cross to the near post where forward Valérie Gauvin, also making her debut for the team after joining this week, snapped a header on target. Washington goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury saved the initial attempt but Alozie was first to react to the rebound and smashed it home for her second goal of the year. 


Houston took the lead in the 22nd minute off a second chance attempt. Houston had a free kick which forward Maria Sanchez played into the box, which deflected off a Washington defender, and forced Kingsbury to make the save which bounced off the near post. The ball landed right at the feet of midfielder Sophie Schmidt, who tapped the ball in for her third goal of the season.  

Washington’s Ashley Hatch scored the equalizer in the 53rd minute after forward Trinity Rodman found the net. Less than a minute later the Spirit took the lead when Hatch headed home her second of the night off a set piece. 


Alozie nearly bagged the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage when she ran onto a long ball from goalkeeper Jane Campbell, but her first-touch volley slid just wide of the target. 


Early in the match the Dash created several opportunities to take the early lead. Forward Maria Sanchez found forward Ebony Salmon at the near post but Washington’s defense was able to recover in time to clear the ball at the last moment.  


In the ninth minute, Salmon and Sanchez teamed up for a fast break on the counterattack. Washington’s defense recovered and were able to slow Salmon down, although the effort nearly resulted in an own goal by the Spirit.  


Salmon had an open look at the goal in the 51st minute after a weaving run toward the goal and the striker unleashed a powerful shot from the top of the penalty area, but Kingsbury was well positioned to make the save. 


The Dash return to action following the FIFA September International Window. Houston hosts expansion side Angel City FC on Sunday, September 11 at PNC Stadium.  




Houston Dash (8-4-5; 29 pts.) 2-2 Washington Spirit (1-9-7; 13 pts.) 

2022 NWSL Regular Season – Game 18 

PNC Stadium – Houston, Texas 

Attendance: 5,031 








Houston Dash 

Washington Spirit 


HOU: Sophie Schmidt 3 (unassisted) 22 

WAS: Ashley Hatch 6 (Trinity Rodman 2) 53 

WAS: Ashley Hatch 7 (Ashley Sanchez 4) 55 

HOU: Michelle Alozie 2 (unassisted) 90+1 




Starting XI: Jane Campbell; Caprice Dydasco, Katie Naughton, Ally Prisock, Natalie Jacobs (Ryan Gareis 74); Sophie Schmidt, Marisa Viggiano (Bri Visalli 74), Shea Groom (Emily Ogle 74); Maria Sanchez, Ebony Salmon (Valérie Gauvin 81), Nichelle Prince (Michelle Alozie 81)  
Unused Subsitutes: Michaela Abam, Elizabeth Eddy, Cali Farquharson, Lindsey Harris 


Total shots: 15 (Ebony Salmon 3); Shots on goal: 5 (Michelle Alozie, Ebony Salmon 2); Fouls: 10 (Shea Groom, Natalie Jacobs, Ally Prisock 3); Offside: 1 (Marisa Viggiano 1); Corner kicks: 5; Saves: 5 (Jane Campbell 5) 


Washington Spirit: Aubrey Kingsbury; Camryn Biegalski, Sam Staab, Amber Brooks (Karina Rodriguez 79), Anna Heilferty; Dorian Bailey (Bayley Feist 63), Andi Sullivan (C), Ashley Hatch (Jordan Baggett 63); Ashley Sanchez (Marissa Sheva 90+2), Trinity Rodman, Tara McKeown 


Unused substitutes: Devon Kerr, Taylor Aylmer, Tinaya Alexander, Gaby Vincent, Madison Elwell 


Total shots: 8 (Ashley Hatch, Tara McKeown, Trinity Rodman 2); Shots on goal: 6 (Ashley Hatch 2); Fouls: 9 (Anna Heilferty, Tara McKeown, Andi Sullivan 2); Offside: 3 (Trinity Rodman 2); Corner kicks: 6; Saves: 4 (Aubrey Kingsbury 4) 



WAS: Amber Brooks (caution; dissent) 42 

HOU: Caprice Dydasco (caution; foul) 45+3 

HOU: Natalie Jacobs (caution; foul) 54 

WAS: Camryn Biegalski (caution; time wasting) 85 



Referee: Adorae Monroy 

Assistant Referee: Melissa Gonzalez 

Assistant Referee: Seth Barton 

Fourth Official: William Hale 


Weather: 85 degrees, clear skies  

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