After being off last weekend, the Washington Spirit return to action to take on the Houston Dash. It will be the last meeting between these two teams for the season. In the last meeting between these two sides, Houston took home the 1-0 victory.
8:30 PM ET on Friday, August 17, 2018
BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas
Projected Starting Lineup
Aubrey Bledsoe; Rebecca Quinn, Estelle Johnson, Whitney Church; Taylor Smith, Andi Sullivan, Mallory Pugh, Rose Lavelle, Caprice Dydasco; Ashley Hatch, Francisca Ordega
The Spirit held media day at Audi Field on Wednesday. During that time, members of the media were able to see the field and facilities where the game will take place. The players were also able to get an up close look at where they will be playing in just over a week.
OUT: Estefania Banini (right MCL sprain), Tori Huster (left heel bruise), Cheyna Matthews (pregnancy), Tiffany Weimer (left knee Baker’s cyst– D45), Kelsey Wys (right knee meniscus scope)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None
Key to Victory
Give Ashley Hatch support. So often this season, the ball would get up to the front where Ashley Hatch would be waiting. She would get the ball and then be forced to take on two or three defenders all on her own because there would be no one up there to support her. This has made it extremely difficult for the Spirit to score or even create dangerous opportunities. If they want to get in good positions to win, they need to score. If they want to score, getting Hatch some help up front is a necessity.