After being on a good run of form lately, Houston Dash saw their run come to an end as they fell to Washington Spirit 3-1 at Maureen Hendricks Field on Saturday night. It caps one heck of a long run for Houston Dash with four matches in less than two weeks, and the Dash remain in a playoff place despite the result.
Crystal Dunn was the star as she managed to score a hat-trick in the first half as she tore Houston Dash apart with an impressive first half performance. That lead was too much for the Dash to overcome as the sheer amount of matches just took their toll.
Both goalkeepers were stellar in the early stages of the match as Erin McLeod and Ashlyn Harris were at the top of their game. Only a stunning effort from Harris kept out Kealia Ohai’s curling effort in the eighth minute as she got down low.
McLeod made a great save to stop Joanna Lohman, sliding in well to deny her in the 22nd minute. She was not so lucky six minutes later as Dunn made a superb 40 yard run before nutmegging McLeod to open the scoring.
Conceding that goal was a double whammy as McLeod was injured in the attempt to make the save, forcing Bianca Henninger on to the field. After the match it was revealed that McLeod’s injury was not that serious and she should be available for the next match on Friday.
In the 36th minute Dunn continued, and terrorized Henninger as she received Diana Matheson’s pass. She was then able to chip the ball over Henninger who just could not get to the ball before Dunn completed her hat-trick in stoppage time as she headed home a corner to make it 3-0 at the brace.
The second half saw Houston come out a new side as they looked to find goals back but Harris was proving a force in the Washington goal. Harris was the only thing which stopped Melissa Henderson who got a shot away from close range but Harris made a stunning save.
The goal for Houston finally came in the 74th minute as Ohai was able to beat her defender and then send in a cross for a rushing Jessica McDonald. She timed her run perfectly and was able to head home the goal, to pull the Dash back in to the match.
Houston continued to attack as they went for the match, with Carli Lloyd, looking to extend her scoring run to eight straight matches looking dangerous. She had her chance late on as she got a header on a corner but it was cleared off the line, keeping it 3-1 to Washington.