Seattle Reign Defeat Houston Dash

It was yet another hot middle of the day NWSL match at BBVA Compass Stadium as Houston Dash fell to a 2-0 loss to Seattle Reign on Saturday afternoon.

Dash fans were left frustrated as their side hit the post three times but just could not put the ball in the back of the net. Seattle managed to capitalize well on the chances that came their way, giving Dash a frustrating season.

Seattle opened the scoring just moments before a scheduled drinks break in the first half as they broke threw in the 30th minute. It was a cruel goal to concede as Megan Rapinoe saw her shot deflect off a Dash defender and past Lydia Williams in to the back of the net.

The second came in the second half as substitute Katie Johnson was able to find a goal in the 64th minute. Johnson turned well to create the space, leaving the Houston Dash defense short and allowing her to beat Williams at the near post.

Just two minuted into the match Houston Dash could have had the opening goal of the match as Kealia Ohai won possession inside the box. She was then able to cross to Janine Beckie at the far post but Beckie couldn’t get her header down as it went over the bar.

Beckie had Houston’s next good opportunity as she was played through one-on-one with Hayley Kopmeyer. But Kopmeyer did just enough to put Beckie off as she sent her shot wide of goal after being pushed wide.

The Ohai and Beckie combination was at it again in the 27th minute when Ohai was able to find Beckie’s run in to the box. Beckie was closed down well by the Reign, with a late tackle from Reign defender Lauren Barnes keeping her from getting the shot away.

Just two minutes later Dash went agonizingly close to the opening goal as Nichelle Prince made space for herself and shot powerfully. Her shot beat the keeper but could only find the crossbar, a missed opportunity which would prove crucial as Seattle went on to score just one minute later.

The second half was frustrating for Houston as they hit the post two more times but rarely threatened the Seattle defense beyond those chances. Missing the net coupled with good goalkeeping from Kopmeyer kept Houston out.

Right as the final whistle was blowing there was a sign of why these 3pm matches in Houston are inappropriate as Rachel Daly went down with heat stroke. Daly was evaluated by medical staff before being sent to hospital, which released her later that night, Lifetime need to stop forcing Houston to play so early in the day at home.

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