Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly was voted the National Women’s Soccer League player of the month for May by the NWSL Media Association.
A former standout at St. John’s University, the 26-year-old Daly scored four goals in six appearances during the month to propel Houston to a 3-1-2 record as the club pushed its way into fifth place in the Standings. The Dash scored multiple goals in a game in four out of six games in May after managing the feat a total of seven times in the whole of the 2017 season.
The Harrogate, England native opened the month by scoring her first goal for the Dash in a 3-2 win over Sky Blue FC to earn its first victory of the season. Daly sent a cross into the box that went on frame and was misjudged by the goalkeeper, allowing the ball to deflect into the net in the 59th minute.
Daly added her second goal of the month six minutes into the game running onto a beautiful pass from Kyah Simon before bending shot inside the far post in a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Red Stars. Next, she recorded the first brace as a professional as Houston won 3-2 over the Washington Spirit with goals in the first-half stoppage time and in the 78th minute.
The England international made six starts and playing 540 minutes while registering 16 shots – nine of which were on target – according to Opta. Her four goals are tied for third in the league with all four coming from her right foot.
It is the first time Daly has been honored as the player of the month and joined Carli Lloyd (July 2015) as the only Dash players to have won the award.
Houston returns to action against the North Carolina Courage at BBVA Compass Stadium Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The NWSL player of the month is selected by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis.