Houston Dash Come From Behind to Defeat US Under 23s

Houston Dash has continued their perfect start to preseason as they managed a comeback victory over the Under 23 US Women’s National Team at Providence Park in Portland on Sunday afternoon.

Defender Bruna Benites and midfielder Amber Brooks scored the goals giving Houston Dash a bit win to boost confidence ahead of the season proper. After trailing heading in to the 89th minute the Dash exploded and managed an impressive come back.

The first goal came in the 74th minute to the Under 23 National Team as US Under 23 forward Savannah McCaskill saw her shot saved by Dash goalkeeper Bianca Henninger. The rebound fell back out to McCaskill who was able to sneak the ball home from close range just sneaking it between Henninger and the post.

Seemingly out of the match Houston Dash was able to pull back to level terms in the 89th minute, seemingly getting a draw out of the match. Benites scored the goal, her first for the club as she redirected a cross from Brooks, sending the keeper the wrong way.

Despite it seeming like Houston would have to settle for a draw the Dash were able to steal the win in the 94th minute.  The ball was sent in by forward Stephanie Ochs who swung in a corner finding Brooks who beat the keeper to the ball heading it home.

In truth the result was likely a fair reflection of the match as Houston troubled Casey Murphy in the US Under 23s goal much more than Henninger was troubled. Houston Dash continue their play in the Thorns Spring Invitational on Wednesday when they play Chicago Red Stars.

Photo: Amber Brooks on the ball last season (Source: Houston Dash)

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