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PREVIEW: CHICAGO RED STARS VS. HOUSTON DASH

NWSL soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:09am

(July XX, 2014) – Christen Press and the Chicago Red Stars host the Houston Dash on Saturday as they battle for their playoff lives.

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Press tallied the lone goal for the Red Stars in a 1-1 draw with Seattle Reign FC in Week 15 as Chicago became the first team to split their season series with the runaway league leaders.

The goal was the third in seven games this season for the forward and U.S. international, who leveled the match in the 81st minute after she was played in on goal and waited for Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo to commit before slotting home.

Forward Jen Hoy set up the goal after outmuscling Seattle defender Lauren Barnes to the ball and sliding a pass across the penalty box to register her third assist of the year.

Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc made four saves in the match as the Red Stars allowed fewer than two goals for the fourth consecutive game.

The result against Seattle pushed Chicago’s unbeaten run to five games (1-0-4) – all against the league-leading Reign and defending NWSL Champions Portland Thorns FC.

The match Saturday is the first of three for the Red Stars against teams currently outside the NWSL Playoffs in their final five games of the regular season.

For Houston, the game is the first in a stretch that will see the Dash play four of their final six games away from home.

Coach Randy Waldrum’s side has recorded three of its five wins this season on the road and is 3-3-1 away from BBVA Compass Stadium during the franchise’s inaugural campaign.

Houston comes into the match unbeaten in their last two games following a 1-1 draw with the Washington Spirit in Week 15.

Defender Marissa Diggs scored the first goal of her professional career in the 74th minute off an assist from midfielder Kaylyn Kyle to earn her team a share of the points.

Diggs, the No. 11 overall selection in the 2014 NWSL Draft, also combined with fellow defenders Stephanie Ochs, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg to hold the Spirit to just three shots on goal in front of goalkeeper Erin McLeod – who made two saves in the contest.

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