Houston Dash has continued their phenomenal, and surprising, run of form as they managed a 1-1 draw with Portland Thorns FC at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.
It took just eight minutes for Houston Dash to open the scoring as Janine Beckie opened the scoring early in the match. Nichelle Prince found Rachel Daly at the edge of the box allowing her to cross for Beckie who was able to bury it from the spot for her first goal of the season.
Throughout the match it seemed that Houston Dash would be able to hold on for the win as they were holding out Portland. But in the 91st minute Portland equalized as Allie Long was fouled, allowing Lindsey Horan to step up and hit the free kick perfectly in to the top corner and off the post.
Houston Dash was the stronger side for much of the match as they had the bulk of the chances but they were unable to finish the chances which presented themselves. 16 minutes in Houston could have doubled their lead as Daly sent a cross low in to the box but her effort was cleared by Emily Menges, just beating Prince to the ball.
In the 26th minute Houston were at it again as they had yet another opportunity in the first half-hour. Beckie was able to find space and get a powerful shot away, her effort was well saved by Adrianna Franch to keep it 1-0.
Portland only had one big opportunity in the first half, the play starting thanks to a Cami Privett clearance. That ball fell to Christine Sinclair whose shot was denied by a save at full stretch from Jane Campbell.
Just before the hour mark Houston could have doubled their lead from a Carli Lloyd header. A free kick from Amber Brooks found the world player of the year, but her header went just wide of the goal.
In the 71st minute Lloyd turned provider as she looked to play a ball in for Prince, but again things didn’t come off. Franch came out quickly to push out Prince, making her dribble away from goal which gave Franch enough space to make the save.
Houston’s chances of getting their lead back took a big hit in the 92nd minute when they were reduced to ten as Lloyd was sent off. She was shown her second yellow for arguing a 50/50 call, but Houston held on easily.