The Washington Spirit won its second game in the preliminary round of the NWSL Challenge Cup with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dash.
Second-year midfielder Bayley Feist
scored in the
16th minute for the Spirit, which dominated the match. It was playing without star Rose Lavelle
, who was rested.
The win moved the Spirit into second place with seven points. It
can finish no lower than fourth in the preliminary round of the eight-team tournament, which concludes on Monday. July 12 in Herriman,
Utah Washington 1 Houston 0.
Goal: Feist 16. Washington --
Bledsoe; Huster, Nielsen, Staab, McGrady (Boissiere 46), Bailey, Feist, Sullivan (Dougherty-Howard 50);
Sanchez (Hendrix 79); Hatch (Hellstrom 77), Yokoyama (McClure 70). Houston -- Campbell; Chapman, Simon (Hanson 65), Naughton (Visalli 78), Prisock, Schmidt, Mewis, Groom (Kizer
88), Daly, Stengel, Latsko (Prince 65).
Red Stars, the 2019 NWSL runners-up, won for the first time in four games with a 1-0 win over the host Utah Royals. Casey Short
broke the deadlock in the 85th minute when she
scored on a header off a cross from Savannah McCaskill
The game marked the tournament debut of U.S. national team defender Tierna Davidson
, who exited the game shortly
after the half-hour mark. July 12 in Herriman, Utah
Utah 0 Chicago 1.
Goal: Short (McCaskill) 85.
Smith; Leach (Ball 25), Corsie, Jonsdottir; Bowen (O’Hara 71), Nolf (LaBonta 58), Diallo, Lytle (King 71), Weber; Ship, Ratcliffe (Boquete 46). Chicago --
Gorden, Ertz, Davidson (Goralski 32), Short; Colaprico, Gautrat (Davidson 46), DiBernardo, McCaskill (Doniak 89), Hill, Watt (Vasconcelos 83).