The stunning performances coming from Carli Lloyd continued on Wednesday night as she scored yet another stunning goal to give Houston Dash a 3-2 win over FC Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium. The goal was an absolute stunner, which stole headlines from the MLS All Star game being played at the same time, and was the perfect response to a late equalizer.
Kansas City started the better side, with two of USA’s World Champions combining well to get the opening goal just three minutes in. Heather O’Reilly found Lauren Holiday at the edge of the area, allowing her to shoot, which Erin McLeod looked to cover but it deflected off of Ellie Brush and hit the back of the net, with McLeod stranded.
After that disappointment, Brush looked to make amends for that unlucky deflection and did so nine minutes later. Kealia Ohai sent in a ball in to the box which found Brush who was still forward from a corner, allowing her to volley home the equalizer, giving the Australian first NWSL goal.
Houston Dash were able to take the lead in the 16th minute, capping a frantic start to the match from both sides. Jessica McDonald was able to cut in to the box and then kept running, getting in to close range and shoot, beating the keeper at the near post.
It was a phenomenally entertaining match, competing on Fox Sports alongside the MLS All Star Game and proved more entertaining than the male match. The two sides continued to attack, but McLeod was doing well in the goal for Houston Dash.
As the match wore on Kansas City continued to pile on the pressure with McLeod was able to keep out Kansas City. That was until the 83rd minute win Liz Bogus took a shot that forced a dive from McLeod only for the post to come back off the post for Sarah Hagen who was left with a simple finish to take advantage of the keeper being out of position.
That was a deserved lead for Kansas City but it was only short lived after Houston restored their lead just two minutes later. Lloyd received a ball from Niki Cross, took a touch and then sent in a powerful shot from 30 yards which left the keeper with no chance and gave Houston all three points.
The win is vital for Houston Dash as they now jump two points above FC Kansas City and find themselves in fourth place. That sees Houston in the last playoff place, and Saturday’s match against Washington Spirit will allow them a chance to consolidate their playoff position.