Dash give up two goal lead to Flash

Photo: Houston Dash

It was a frustrating night on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium as Houston Dash gave up a winning position late on. Western New York Flash scored two goals in the final 20 minutes of the match and stole a point after a 3-3 draw with the Dash.

Houston was hoping that other squads being without their players at the Olympic Games would boost their chances. While a draw is a better result than most of their season, the stage things are at means the Dash need three points and to have given up such a lead will not inspire confidence of an NWSL Playoff run.

Things did not start well for Houston Dash, as Western New York scored in just the second minute of the match. Western New York Flash forward Lynn Williams sent in a cross which found Lianne Sanderson who easily scored from close range.

But Houston Dash responded, going on the attack and right before the first drinks break of the match they had an equalizer. Houston striker, Rachel Daly was able to find space 30 yards out and hit a powerful shot, which left the keeper with no chance.

That goal would be enough for the scores to remain level at the break but two minutes in to the second half Houston took the lead. Dash forward, Kealia Ohai made a long run which eventually ended as Ohai, allowing her to bury it from the penalty spot, beating the keeper at the near post.

After continuing to control the match, Houston Dash had their third goal of the match after a good ball from Stephanie Ochs. Ochs found Ohai on the edge of the area, allowing her to take a shot, which took a deflection before hitting the back of the net.

But, now two goals down, Western New York Flash went on the attack and found a goal to get back in to the match. Jessica McDonald haunted her former club as she was left unmarked and easily put away a Williams cross from close range.

That spurred Western New York Flash on and in the third minute of stoppage time they stole the point as Williams finally received a goal. McDonald sent in a cross which found Williams allowing her to beat the keeper at the near post.

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