Becky Sauerbrunn was fantastic. The whole defense in general, really, as a unit defended extraordinarily well, and the player of the match award could have gone to anyone on the backline. Becky stands out because she allowed us to breathe late in the game with an incredible tackle, preventing a last-minute goal.
Sydney Miramontez - Kelley O’Hara’s shoes are pretty big to fill, but Sydney Miramontez did not too shabby of a job. While not posing as much of an attacking threat in comparison to O’Hara whom she replaced, the 23-year-old did a great job and played a crucial role in maintaining the clean sheet.
Brooke Elby - The California native came on for an injured Becca Moros a bit before halftime and made the most of her chances playing solid defense and nearly hitting an absolute screamer in the 66th-minute.
Erika Tymrak - While she wasn’t able to finish on the putback, if you watch the game carefully, her off the ball movement was absolutely fantastic for large portions of the game. Her debut coming in as a substitute provided a great boost of energy for the team.
Gunny Jonsdottir - Gunny had some incredible chances on goal in the 28th, 29th and 71st minutes but was ultimately unable to capitalize as Houston keeper Jane Campbell had an absolutely phenomenal game between the posts.
Desiree Scott - The destroyer destroyed, making several excellent tackles, taking away possession from the Dash.