Houston Dash’s playoff chances took a big hit on Friday night as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Sky Blue FC at BBVA Compass Stadium. A goal either side of half-time was enough for Sky Blue FC to put Houston’s playoff chances back out of their control.
Sky Blue were looking dangerous throughout the first half, seemingly the more likely side to find a goal, but it was Houston who had the first chance. In the 27th minute a ball in to the box fell to Melissa Henderson who held off her defender but was denied by a great Brittany Cameron save.
But in the 38th minute the Sky Blues pressure finally told as they opened the scoring. A cross was sent in, which deflected in to the path of Cami Levin, forcing Erin McLeod off her line, but Levin remained composed and lifted it over the keeper to allow Nadia Nadim to run on to it and score the opener.
That would be all the visitors needed to head to the break in front, but after the break Dash came out determined to get back on level terms. In the 58th minute Kealia Ohai sent in a cross for Jessica McDonald who beat her defender but could not beat the keeper.
In the 63rd minute Carli Lloyd had a good chance to get a goal as she stood over another free-kick from 25 yards out. She took the shot, curling it around the ball, but her effort was again denied by another fantastic save.
Seven minutes later an interception allowed Tiffany McCarty to break in to the penalty box, with the goal at her mercy. She attempted to chip the keeper but it turned wide of the goal, letting Sky Blue off the hook.
That would prove costly as it took just two minutes more before Sky Blue doubled their lead through some impressive work from Australia’s Sam Kerr. She broke free but Ella Masar slid in well to block the shot, only for the rebound to fall right for Kerr who made no mistake.
Houston Dash tried to find a goal late on but they just could not break through a stern defence who kept Houston scoreless. The result doesn’t quite knock Houston from the playoffs but does make the task harder.