Zions Bank Stadium, Herriman, UT – Both clubs fought hard and the result had to be decided by penalty kicks where the Houston Dash edged out the Utah Royals to take the win and move forward in the tournament.
The match was full of chances with Houston more than doubling the number of shots and with Carolyn Campbell holding strong in the goal with 5 blocked shots the game was a back and forth of build up, attack and denial. The intensity was evident on both sides form the start with more yellow cards than any other match so far in the 2020 Challenge Cup.
With the match tied as we passed the 90 minute mark it was time for penalty kicks to decide who moves forward and who goes home. Both clubs lined up to shoot at the east end of the stadium and Sophie Schmidt was the first to strike for Houston. Amy Rodriguez tried to keep up but her shot missed the goal giving the advantage to Houston. Christine Nairn was next up for Houston and she kept them perfect in the shootout and doubling the lead for Houston. Lo’eau Lamont gave the Royals the first touch of the back of the net to keep hope alive for her club, but Rachel Daly kept up the pressure adding another PK for Houston. Next up, Tziarra King with a shot past Campbell making the second goal for the Royals. There was a glimmer of hope when Abby Smith blocked the attempt by Brianna Visali but the match was over when Veronica Boguet ran up against the wall that was Carolyn Campbell tonight.
With the win the Houston Dash move on to the next round of the tournament while the Utah Royals wrap up their participation.
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Utah Royals 0 0 0(2)
Houston Dash 0 0 0(3)
HOU – Sophie Schmidt– PK
UTA – Lo’eau Lamont – PK
HOU – Christine Nairn – PK
HOU – Rachel Daly – PK
UTA – Tziarra King – PK
UTA – Abby Smith – 7′ – unsporting behavior
HOU – Kristen Mewis – 9′ – unsporting behavior
UTA – Katie Bowen – 78′ – unsporting behavior
UTA – Tziarra King – 80′ – unsporting behavior
UTA – Rachel Corsie – 81′ – unsporting behavior
HOU – Alisa Chapman – 90′ + 1′ – unsporting behavior
Utah Royals: Abby Smith; Kate Del Fava; Rachel Corsie; Elizabeth Ball (Gunny Jonsdottir, 14′); Kelley O’Hara (Kate Bowen, 46′); Diana Matheson (Aminta Diallo, 46′); Lo’eau Labonta; Veronica; Giadans; Brittany Ratcliffe (Tziarra King, 65′; Amy Rodriguez; Mallory Weber
Substitutes Not Used: Nicole Barnhart; Holly Daugirda; Taylor Leach; Melissa Lowder; Taylor Lytle; Michelle Maemone; Madeline Nolf; Marissa Sheva; Raisa Strom-Okimoto; Chestley Strothers; Gaby Vincent
Houston Dash: Carolyn Campbell; Haley Hanson; Megan Oyster (Christine Nairn, 75); Kathleen Naughton; Lllysha Chapman; Shea Groom (Cecilia Kizer, 87′); Kristen Mewis; Sophie Schmidt; Brianna Visalli; Rachel Daly; Nichelle Prince (Veronica Latsko, 71′)
Substitutes Not Used: Bridgette Andzejewski; Amanda Dennis; Jamia Fields; Lindsey Harris; Meagan Kelly; Kala McCoy; Aly Prisock; Cambria Privett; Erin Simon;
Next up for Utah Challenge Cup 2020
The Washington Spirit meet up with Sky Blue FC tomorrow morning at 10:30 as we continue with the weekend edition of the 2020 Utah Challenge Cup.