Houston Dash Midfielder Andressinha Voted NWSL Player of the Week
Houston Dash midfielder Andressinha was voted the National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week for Week 13 of the 2017 NWSL season.
Andressinha, 22, scored the game-winning goal for the Dash in a 2-1 home victory over the Washington Spirit as Houston extended their unbeaten run to five games and set a new club record with 11 points from those matches. The previous high for the 2014 expansion club for points from a five-game stretch was 10, established during September of the 2016 season.
The Roque Gonzales, Brazil native stroked home a 24-yard effort that she shaped over Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé and into the top left corner. The 53rd-minute blast, assisted by Rachel Daly, gave Houston a 2-0 lead as the Dash scored multiple goals in a match for the fifth time this season.
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The Brazil international now has two goals and two assists in 11 appearances this year for the Dash, but her impact against Washington in Week 13 went far beyond the scoreboard as she completed 83.7 percent of her 49 total passes – including 79.4 percent of her team-high 34 total passes in the opposing half, according to Opta.
It is the first time Andressinha has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Week and the eighth time a member of the Houston Dash has won the award. She joins Houston defender Poliana, her teammate for club and country, as the only Brazilians to be voted Player of the Week. Andressinha is the third-youngest player to have earned the accolade and the first player born in 1995 or later to accomplish the feat.
The only two players younger than Andressinha (22 years, 2 months, 17 days) at the time they were voted NWSL Player of the Week are Sky Blue forward Samantha Kerr (20 years, 9 months, 0 days old – Week 9 of the 2014 season as a member of the Western New York Flash) and FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak (21 years, 11 months, 16 days – Week 15 of the 2013 season).
The Houston Dash will return to action on Saturday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET against the Boston Breakers at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
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