Late Goal puts Sky Blue FC Past Houston Dash

Andressa competes for a header (Photo: Houston Dash)

Houston Dash suffered a heart breaking loss on Saturday afternoon as they fell to Sky Blue FC in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon thanks to a late goal giving Sky Blue the 2-1 win.

The winning goal came five minutes from time as Houston Dash failed to clear the ball from a free-kick conceded by Cami Privett. The ball was pumped in to the box and after a fight for the ball Sky Blue midfielder Raquel Rodriguez was able to poke it past Lydia Williams in the Dash goal.

Dash will also be kicking themselves for the first goal as they gave away a penalty which lead to the opening goal in the 19th minute. That penalty was won by Rodriguez who was fouled in the box allowing Sarah Killion to step up and bury the chance, an early opener for Sky Blue.

After a hard fought 20 minutes Houston Dash managed to pull level in the 40th minute through some strong work from Kealia Ohai. She made a strong run through the Sky Blue defense, beating two and finding Andressinha who saw her shot come off the left post before she tapped in her own rebound.

Despite the late goal Houston could well have stolen a point as they had two good chances to find an equalizer but couldn’t get the goal. Just moments after the goal Ohai made a strong run and sent in a cross to the six yard box but Denise O’Sullivan just couldn’t get on to the end of the ball.

In the 92nd minute Houston Dash very nearly found the equalizer but they were denied by some stunning goalkeeping from Kailen Sheridan. O’Sullivan was at it again as she gathered the ball, turned to goal and shot powerfully but Sheridan saved at full stretch to maintain the win for Sky Blue.

Things could have been very different had Houston Dash have taken their first chance of the match, which came in just the 10th minute. Rachel Daly was able to find Nichelle Prince who was pushed off balance and shot off target.

The result sees Dash’s struggles continue as they sit second last in the league, three points off making a playoff place, they will have to play that final playoff team, Seattle Reign, on Saturday afternoon.

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