Kealia Ohai Steals the Stage on Carli Lloyd Return

Photo: Houston Dash

All the attention may well have been on Carli Lloyd’s return to Houston Dash but it was Kealia Ohai who stole the show in a rare road win for the Dash. Ohai scored a brace as Houston Dash defeated Boston Breakers 3-1 at Jordan Field on Wednesday night.

It didn’t take long for Ohai and Lloyd to get things going for the Dash as they opened the scoring in just the third minute. Lloyd was able to gather possession, and send the ball to the far post where Ohai was left wide open to run on the goal and slot it past the keeper.

It could have been two for Houston Dash in the 14th minute as defender Becca Moros ran at the goal and got in to the box before shooting. That shot beat the keeper but Boston defender Brooke Elby got back on the line and cleared the ball to deny Moros.

Houston Dash was able to keep control of the match and in the 33rd minute they were able to score a second goal. Lloyd sent the ball for Dash forward Rachel Daly on midfield, allowing her to release Ohai, who shot from the edge of the box, past the keeper for the half-time 2-0 lead.

Two minutes in to the second half Boston could have pulled a goal back in to the match after a good pass from Boston midfielder Kristie Mewis. Mewis found forward Brittany Ratcliffe, who shot to the near post which was well saved by Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams.

Dash responded to that chance, and should have made it three in the 52nd minute when Ohai was cruelly denied a hat-trick by the far post. The rebound fell to Dash midfielder Denise O’Sullivan who saw her effort quickly blocked by the Boston defense.

But in the 62nd minute the third goal of the match did come and it was to the woman most of the fans had come to see. Lloyd looked up and spotted the keeper off her line, allowing her to hit a powerful shot past the keeper to seal Houston’s win.

Williams was denied her clean sheet in the first minute of stoppage time with her international team-mate a part of the play. Breakers forward Kyah Simon sent the ball in for Natasha Dowie, who beat Williams with a good shot, costing her a clean sheet and creating the final score of 3-1.

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