NWSL: Reign demolish Van Wyk’s Dash in Seattle

Janine Anthony

South Africa’s Janine van Wyk, sat a distressed substitute, as she watched her side Houston Dash, suffer a humiliating 5-1 defeat in the hands of Seattle Reign on NWSL Matchday 2.

After the highs of picking a crucial opening day 2-0 win over Chicago Red Stars in which she played all 90 minutes, the Dash started Saturday’s game second best as Reign mounted pressure on the backline early on before Jess Fishlock opened the scoring in the 17th minute.

Janine van Wyk in the NWSL

Jane Campbell, Dash’s rookie goalkeeper, was so overwhelmed with the barrage of attack, she let in four goals by the 60th minute mark, three by halftime.

From 27 goal attempts, the Reign compounded Dash’s woes with goals from USA stalwart Megan Rapinoe, rookies Katlyn Johnson and Kristen McNabb scoring their first professional goals (in the 31st and 74th minute respectively), while Beverly Yanez begun the second half restart with her side’s fourth goal.

Six minutes from time, Dash got their consolation goal through a rebound freekick as Poliana Barbosa smashed it in to restore some pride for the Houston based side.

Dash head coach Randy Waldrum, made some changes in the starting lineup from a week ago, starting recent acquisition Cami Levin in place of Van Wyk in defense as well as Claire Falknor in midfield and the Stanford product Campbell in goal.

Dash now sit third on the table with three points, just behind Reign who occupy second with four points.

North Carolina Courage maintain their 100% start and sit top of the table with six points from two games.

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