Sandy, Utah – Former LSU soccer player Allysha Chapman helped the Houston Dash won its first ever National Women’s Soccer League championship in club history on Sunday afternoon at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Dash beat the Chicago Red Stars by a final score of 2-0 in the NWSL Challenge Cup Final.
Chapman earned the starting nod at leftback and played the full 90 minutes as the Dash earned their third shutout of the Challenge Cup. Chapman, who has been with the Dash for four seasons, felt like this achievement has been a long time in the making.
“I just feel like it’s about time,” Chapman said in an interview with nwslsoccer.com prior to Sunday’s championship match. “We haven’t been able to make the playoffs and have underachieved, in my eyes, for several years. It’s a relief that the team is now validated, in a way.
The Dash got off to a quick start and took the lead early when Sophie Schmidt converted a penalty in the fifth minute of the match to give Houston a 1-0 lead. Shea Groom sealed the deal in the early stages of stoppage time (91st minute) for the Dash with a goal to finish off the job.
Chapman’s Career Capsule While at LSU (2009-11)
The most decorated defensive standout in the history of the LSU Soccer program … Earned All-SEC honors in each of her three seasons with the Tigers from 2009-11 … Earned back-to-back First-Team All-SEC selections in 2010 and 2011 after claiming Second-Team All-SEC honors in her first season with the team as a sophomore in 2009 … Became the first Tiger to be named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year with her performance as a senior in 2011 … Left the program as one of only five Tigers to earn three All-SEC honors in a career, joining the likes of Melissa Clarke, Ashley Mitnick, Chelsea Potts and Malorie Rutledge … Joined Rutledge as the only LSU Soccer players to earn at least two First-Team All-SEC honors in a career … Was also a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Region performer, earning third-team honors in 2009 and 2010 and first-team accolades in 2011 … Started 66 of 67 career games in her three seasons with the Tigers … Helped guide the team to SEC West championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2011 … Also helped lead the Tigers to a pair of runner-up finishes in the SEC season standings in those two years … Finished her career with one goal and seven assists for nine points on the offensive end of the field … An outstanding student who was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Graduated from LSU in December 2011 with a degree in biology.
(Press release courtesy of LSU athletics.)