San Diego Wave face challenges in the NWSL

San Diego Wave face Houston Dash after loss to Gotham FC
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The San Diego Wave are looking to bounce back as they prepare to face the Houston Dash at the Shell Energy Stadium. The Californian side are coming off a series of unsatisfactory results and urgently need a win to keep their NWSL playoff aspirations alive.

With a 3-5-5 record and just 14 points on the season, the Wave sit 10th in the league. The team hasn't won since May 8, when they beat the Utah Royals. The lack of offensive efficiency has been a persistent problem, with one of the worst attacks in the league.

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In their last match, the San Diego Wave lost 2-1 to NJ/NY Gotham FC. Rose Lavelle opened the scoring for Gotham, but the Wave equalized early in the second half with a goal from Mya Jones, her first as a professional. However, Gotham secured victory with a late goal.

Mya Jones, the Wave's young striker, has been a bright spot in a difficult season. Selected with the 42nd overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft, Jones has made seven starts in her last eight appearances. Her goal against Gotham helped her demonstrate her potential.

The Houston Dash, meanwhile, are relying on the excellent form of goalkeeper Jane Campbell, who leads the league in saves this season. In Houston's last game, Campbell was voted the best player on the pitch for her five saves against Angel City, including a penalty save. The Wave will need to be inspired if they are to get back to winning ways in the NWSL.

For the San Diego Wave, the match against the Houston Dash represents an opportunity to reverse their poor form and regain confidence. The team will need to improve their offensive efficiency and take advantage of scoring opportunities to overcome the solid Dash defense, led by Campbell.

The San Diego Wave's path this season has been turbulent, but they still have time to recover and fight for a place in the playoffs. The match against the Houston Dash could be the crucial turning point in the Wave's future in the NWSL.