LOS ANGELES — Angel City FC ended a two-game losing streak, but left the field feeling a little empty on Tuesday night.
Angels City (3-3-1, 10 points) were never able to score despite a couple of good second-half scoring chances, a recurring problem, having to go scoreless against the Houston Sprinters draw. 16,739 at Bank of California Stadium.
In seven games this season, Angel City have scored just four goals, one own goal.
Angel City lost consecutive games to New Jersey/New York Gotham FC (1-0) and Portland (3-0). This is the club’s first two-game losing streak.
Houston scored five goals against the Orlando Pride last week.
Angel City’s two best shots came in the second half. In the 69th minute, Clarice Le Bihan found Jun Endo in the 18-yard penalty area. Endo’s shot was saved by Houston’s Jane Campbell. Krysten Price’s rebound was flawless, but her shot was blocked by Campbell, ending the threat.
Houston’s first real scoring opportunity came in the second half as Marisa Viggiano’s toe shot hit the crossbar in the 64th minute. Angel City successfully cleared the ball.
Houston’s Shea Groom also hit the crossbar late in the second half.
It was the fourth straight game an Angel City player failed to score. On May 21, Angel City beat Kansas City with an own goal. The Angel City player’s final goal came in a 1-0 win over Washington Spirit on May 15.
While not scoring, the Angels defense was competent again. Houston scored five goals against the Orlando Pride last week.
Dash was never really a threat in the first half, save for Sophie Schmidt’s long-range shot from about 20 yards that goalkeeper DiDi Haracic parachuted in to catch her.
Angel City will be back in action in four days, when it goes to face the Louisville Motorsports team (Saturday, 5 p.m.). This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
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