Thursday, August 21, 2014

HBU Women’s Soccer Opens Regular Season on Road

Photo by Erik Williams
HBU Athletic Media Relations Department
Huskies play at UTSA Friday, Baylor Sunday
 
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (August 21, 2014) The HBU women’s soccer team begins the 2014 regular season this weekend. The Huskies square off against UTSA Friday at 7 pm, then conclude the road trip at Baylor Sunday at 1 pm.

 
HBU has not played both UTSA and Baylor since the 2012 campaign. UTSA leads the all-time series, 2-1-0, while Baylor leads the series, 3-0-0.

 
HBU lost at Texas State, 1-0, last Saturday night in an exhibition contest to begin the 2014 season. Texas State lost in the second round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament last season.

 
Natalie Hager and Rebekah Tovar each had two shots on goal for the Huskies. Patty Walrath played all 90 minutes and made five saves while allowing the one goal.

 
The Huskies return 15 letterwinners and nine starters from a season ago. Hager was chosen to the Southland Conference Preseason Team. HBU went 5-12-2 overall and 4-7-1 in its first season in the Southland Conference, but the Huskies had a stellar 1.02 goals-against average from Walrath, Stephanie Castellon, and graduated senior, Shelby Horn.

 
UTSA blanked host Incarnate Word, 2-0, in an exhibition match last Sunday. Kaytee O’Brien scored both goals for the Roadrunners.

 
UTSA returns 13 letterwinners from a season ago and 86 percent of its offense. The Roadrunners went 5-12-2 overall and 4-4-2 in Conference USA.

 
Baylor opens its regular season against Rice Friday night. The Bears split their exhibition matches, defeating Sam Houston State in Waco, 1-0, and losing at Florida, 2-0.


 
Baylor went 11-6-3 overall and 3-4-1 in Big 12 play last season. The Bears lost in the conference semifinals to top-seed West Virginia.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pearland’s Little League World Series ends with loss to Chicago, Illinois

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By Mike Stockman
Staff Correspondent
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications


WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA (August 19, 2014) Pearland’s season ended in a 6-1 loss to the team from Chicago, Illinois in the 2014 Little League World Series at Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Tuesday, August 19.

Joshua Gabino hit an RBI double in the 3rd for Southwest’s only score.

Walter Maeker III was the losing pitcher with six strike outs in 3.6 innings.

Less than two months have passed since little leaguers from around the world set on a global quest for being the best. Pearland, Texas represented the Southwest in United States by winning regionals with a 5-0 record. They were one of eight teams to represent thousands of teams in the United States.

In the Little League World Series, there are eight teams that form the United States Bracket and eight teams selected internationally to form the International Bracket. Pearland was one of the top teams in the world and the performance during the four games is proof.

In the four games played, Pearland used eight pitchers: Brandon Silwinski, Bryce Laird, Clayton Broeder, Jonathan Newman, Landon Donley, Matthew Adams, and Walter Maeker III - who combined for a total of 30 strike outs in just over 22 innings pitched.

Throughout the series, there was one double play recorded by Pearland which involved Laird, Layne Roblyer, and Adams.

Three home runs were hit in four games. Roblyer hit two for a total of five RBIs and Cole Smajstria hit the third for a series total of four RBIs.

Michael Groover and Presley Smith had two RBIs while Laird, Hunter Dopslauf, Gabino, and Adams record one RBI each.

Christian Terranova, Broeder, Smajstria scored 4 runs each during the series, Roblyer scored three times, and Silwinski, Laird, Adams, and Groover each scored twice.

Walter Maeker III scored once in five times at bat.

Southwest finished the Little League World Series with a record of 2 – 2.



Pearland advances in win over Northwest 11-4 at Little League World Series

By Mike Stockman
Staff Correspondent
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications


Williamsport, Pennsylvania – (Monday, Aug. 18) Wild pitches and passed balls help secure an 11-4 Southwest victory against Northwest in the 2014 Little League World Series Elimination round at Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Monday, August 18.

As the games get closer to the Championship round, teams are having challenges in eligibility at the pitching position. Northwest, represented by Lynnwood, Washington used five pitchers in their final game allowing five runs to be scored due to five wild pitches.

Southwest (Pearland) started the game strong on offense by stealing home on a wild pitch and on defense by a diving catch from Shortstop Matthew Adams to end the first inning.

In the third inning, Pearland’s Layne Roblyer hit a three run home run.

In the fifth, Southwest produced a rarely seen double play to end a rally brought on by Northwest.

Landon “Landchops” Donley received the win. He pitched three innings, allowed three runs, and struck out four batters.

Southwest will play Great Lakes on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The game can be followed on ESPN.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pearland falls to Philadelphia in Little League World Series action

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32,148 Fans Attend Game 16 of Little League World Series

By Mike Stockman
Staff Correspondent
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications


WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA  (August 17, 2014)  32,000-plus fans attended Game 16 of the 2014 Little League World Series at Howard J. Lamade Stadium where Mid-Atlantic, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania came from behind in the bottom of the sixth with two outs to beat Southwest (Pearland, Texas) by the score of 7-6 on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Mid-Atlantic led 3-2 going into the fifth. In the fifth, Southwest’s Cole Smajstria smashes a three-run home run deep over center field fence, putting Pearland on top 5-3. After a pitching change for Mid-Atlantic, Pearland scored one more run.

Mid-Atlantic scored two runs in the fifth bringing the score to 6-5.

In the bottom of the sixth with two outs and a runner on base, Mid-Atlantic’s Zion Spearman hit a hard triple to center field.

Spearman scores the winning run when the next batter Tal Shanahan reaches base on an error.

Mid-Atlantic’s Mo’ne Davis became the sixth female with a base hit at the Little League World Series out of a total of 18 girls who have played since 1974. In Mid-Atlantic’s opening round game, Davis was the winning pitcher. She will be available to pitch in Wednesday’s game against Las Vegas, NV at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Southwest will play Lynnwood, WA on Monday, Aug. 18 at 3:00 p.m. EST. The game can be watched on ESPN.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sugar Land gets back on winning track with 4-3 win over Camden

Swatson shows his excitement after the
Sugar Land Skeeters down Camden.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (August 17, 2014) The Sugar Land Skeeters got back on the winning track, downing the Camden Riversharks by the score of 4-3 in the third game of their current six-game home series in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land at Constellation Field on Sunday, afternoon, August 17, 2014.

They are now 1-2 in their current home series with three more games, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, against the Riversharks.

With the win, the Skeeters raised their second half record to 21-17 and their overall season record to 59-48.

Camden got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning when first baseman Jose Julio-Ruiz singles and sent left fielder Yasser Gomez home from third base.

The Skeeters took the lead in the bottom of the second inning when right fielder Neil Medchill connected for a two run home over the right-center field fence.

The home run, his fourth of the season, also scored catcher Todd Jennings, who had singled in his previous at bat. In 50 games this season, Medchill has 13 RBI.

The Riversharks came back to tie the score in the sixth inning when designated hotter Brain Van Kick connected for a home run down the left field line.

A single by first baseman Travis Scott in the sixth inning drove in left field Ryan Langerhans, from third base, to enable the Skeeters to regain the lead.

The Riversharks came right back and scored another run on two error by Skeeter pitcher Gary Majewski and shortstop Bridger Hunt to tie the score at three-all.

Sugar Land secured the victory when Hunt singled on his first pitch and scored Travis Scott from third base.

The Skeeters and Riversharks next game will be Monday with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

Houston Texans end losing streak; down Atlanta Falcons in preseason action

 
The Houston Texans offense was on hitting on all
cylinders against the Atlanta Falcons.
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By Robert H KellyCopyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 17, 2014) It had been 336 days since the Houston Texans won a football game; and those 336 days have been hard for players, coaches and fans alike.

The 15-game losing streak is over technically over, as the Texans used a solid offensive and defensive attack to down the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 32-7 at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

In actuality, this preseason game does not count on the Texans' won-loss record, by a victory is a victory, at least to the fans of the Battle Red, Deep Steel Blue, and Liberty White.

Head coach Bill O'Brien was still content to start Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and he played the entire first quarter, just as he did in the Texans' first preseason game against Arizona.

Versus the Cardinals, Fitzpatrick completed 6-for-14 passes for 55 yards and threw two interceptions.

The Texans were the first to get on the scoreboard; with 1:23 left in the first quarter.


Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) took control of the
Houston Texans offense against the Falcons.
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Fitzpatrick handed off to rookie fullback Alfred Blue, who plowed one yard for the score, with Randy Bullock's splitting of the uprights for the extra point, from the 25-yard line, to make the score 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The scoring drive was 69 yards on 12 plays and lasted 6:19.

Fitzpatrick was replaced by rookie Tom Savage for the second quarter.

Fitzpatrick completed 4-of-6 passes for 33 yards and rushed for 10 yards in the first quarter.

The Falcons tied the score at the 1:32 mark in the second quarter when third string quarterback Sean Renfree completed a 12-yard pass to wide receive Devin Hester.

After the score, O'Brien opted to return Fitzpatrick to the game for the remainder of the half, where he engineered a seven play, 74 yard scoring drive that lasted 1:13 and ended with an eight yard pass to wide receiver DeVire Posey.

Bullock's extra point was wide to the right; making the score 13-7 at the end of the half.

In the final drive of the half, Fitzpatrick completed 5-for-6 passes for 63 yards and carried the ball once for 15 yards. He finished the game competing nine of 12 passes for 97 yards.

O'Brien commented on Fitzpatrick's play during the post-game press conference with the credentialed media.
“He is getting comfortable with the system. It was a good step in the right direction.”
Case Keenum started the second half and drove the ball 58 yards in 10 plays before the Texans had to settle for a 40-yard field goal by Bullock; making the score 16-7 with 10:20 left in the third quarter.

After a series of downs, the Falcons had their backs against the end zone, and on a fourth and eight play at their own four yard line, Matt Bosher dropped back into the end zone to punt the ball; which was tipped by Texans' tight end Anthony Denham.

Running back Jonathan Grimes recovered the loose ball and scampered 17-yards for the score. Bullock's extra point was good to give the Texans a 23-7 lead with 14:03 remaining in the game.

The Houston Texans Cheerleaders were on hand
to keep the fans "involved" in the game.
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The Texans added an insurance touchdown at the 6:46 mark of the fourth quarter when rookie corner back Andre Hal stepped in front of a T.J. Yates errant pass, intended for rookie wide receiver Julian Jones, and returned the ball 64 yards for the score.

Bullock again went wide right from 33 yards out on the extra point, to make keep the score at 29-7.

Yates was again picked off at the 5:43 mark by linebacker Max Bullough, who returned the ball to the Falcon's 15-yard line.

Savage returned to the game as quarterback and who went three-and-out before settling for a 33-yard field goal by Chris Boswell; making the score 32-7.

Keenum finished the game with six completions on 12 attempts for 81 yards while throwing one interception, while Savage was 4-for-5 for eight yards.

Defensively, the Texans' number one draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, saw limited action in the game.

However he rattled some of the Falcons' cages with a big sack of Matt Ryan and two major tackles on Ryan and running back Antone Smith.

The Texans' next preseason opponent with be against Denver on August 23. They will return home for their final preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, August

Friday, August 15, 2014

Adams gets first win in Pearland's win at Little League World Series

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Mike Stockman
Staff Correspondent
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA (August 15, 2014) Over 16,000 games were played by more than 7000 teams from 80-plus countries in 40 days. Now there are 16 teams left to play in the 2014 Little League World Series at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.

In the opening round, Southwest, represented by Pearland, Texas beat NewEngland, who is represented by Cumberland, Rhode Island, in a close game by the score of 6-4 on Friday, August 15, 2014.

The game ended when a deep ball hit by New England’s Addison Kopack to Right-Center field was chased down and caught for the last out by Southwest’s Clayton Broeder with the tying run on base.

Matthew Adams received the win for Southwest while Landon Donley was credited with the save.

Adams threw 89 pitches in 4.2 innings, allowing only one run, and seven strikeouts. He will be eligible to pitch again on Wednesday.

Pearland was in Williamsport at the World Series in 2010. Cumberland made their last appearance in 2011.

Southwest will play Mid-Atlantic on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7:00 p.m. EST in Game 16. This game can be followed on ESPN2.

Houston to face Atlanta in second test of preseason

J.J. Watt signs an autograph for a young fan after
Thursday's practice session.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications
 
HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 15, 2014) With the Houston Texans beginning their current preseason schedule with a 32-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, many fans are wondering if 2015 is just going to be a reboot of 2013, where the Texans went 2-14.

There have been a few changes on Kirby Street, with a new head coach, new offensive and defensive coordinators and a new starting quarterback, but what most people witnessed against Cardinals didn't seem like much of anything had changed.


New head coach Bill O’Brien has implements changes designed to bring the Texans back to the top of the league and eventually lead them to the playoffs.


Houston will take to the grass inside NRG Stadium for their first home exhibition gave of 2014 against the
Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Falcons arrived in Houston on Tuesday, August 12 in preparation for the matchup; which includes three combined training sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.


Being able to practice with the team they are going to face on Saturday certainly should provide players from both teams to excell and catch the eyes of the coaches and staff who will determine if they will make it past the final roster cuts and be able to play the regular season.


Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was signed as a free agent on March 20, 2014, started at quarterback and played the entire first half, completed six of 14 passes for 55 yards while throwing two interceptions.

Case Keenum is working to regain his starting
role as quarterback in 2014.
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Former Houston Cougars quarterback and Texans starting quarterback from 2013, Case Keenum completed three of five passes for 29 yards.


He played the entire third quarter with rookie Tom Savage competing two of three passes for 14 yards.


The offense could not seem to get the ball moving down the field; only generating 172 net yards and possessing the ball a little less than 18 minutes on offense.


The only bright side from the game was the defensive duo of defensive end
J.J. Watt and rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.

With each player seeing limited action, they both picked up a solo tackle, with Watt adding a sack to his preseason statistics.


The duo were involved on every play and their penetration and aggressiveness will certainly help the Texans as the preseason continues and the regular season begins.


The Falcons are coming off a 16-13 preseason win over the Miami Dolphins and a 4-12 record in 20-13.


Game time on Saturday is set for 7 p.m. CDT in Houston.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sugar Land Skeeters down Lancaster, 5-3 in Atlantic League action (Photo Slideshow)

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (July 21, 2014) La Vita Loca Photography's Darla Tamulitis was on hand in Sugar Land to document the Skeeters' 5-3 win over the Lancaster Barnstormers. Below is a slide show about the game.





Sugar Land takes down Lancaster on Nick Stavinoha multi-hit game

By Robert H Kelly
Nick Stavinoha went 2-for-3 with two runs versus Lancaster.
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (July 21, 2014) Erupting for three hits in the first inning, the Sugar Land Skeeters went on defeat the Lancaster Barnstormers by the score of 5-3 at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar land on Monday, July 21, 2014.


They added additional runs in the third and fifth innings to secure the win and take the current series against the Barnstormers to 2-2.



Skeeters’ designated hitter Nick Stavinoha was a monster at the plate; going 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.



The Cypress, Texas native, who  last played for Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan, raised his batting average to .250 for the season.



Right hander pitcher Clint Everts pitched seven complete innings for Sugar Land; giving up a single run off three hits. He is now 3-7 with a 5.80 ERA in 15 games.



Gary Gaetti saw his Skeeters win 2-in-a-row.
Joe Gardner received the loss for Lancaster, his first of the season, dropping to 1-1 in three games.



In the three previous games of the six-game home stand, Lancaster won the first two games; 5-2 on Friday, July 18 and 5-4 on Saturday, July 19.



Sugar land bounced back on Sunday, July 20 with a 3-2 win.



Sugar Land and Lancaster will meet two more times during this current series; on Tuesday, July 22, with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch and on Wednesday, July 23, with a 6:05 p.m. start.



Probable starters on Tuesday will be RHP Dan Meadows (1-2, 407 ERA) for Sugar Land and RHP Mark Rogers (3-3, 3-69 ERA) for Lancaster.



On Wednesday, the Skeeters will sed RHP Matt Wright (6-6, 3.06 ERA) to the mound. He will face LHP Dan Osterbrock (7-2, 3.75 ERA).

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Houston Dash fall to Western New York Flash, 4-1

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
By Chris Price
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 5, 2014) Jordan Jackson got the Houston Dash on the scoreboard in the 81st minute, but it was not enough to overcome the Western New York Flash scoring three previous goals as the ladies in orange and white fell to the their NWSL rivals by the score of 4-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on July 5, 2014.

The Flash scores three unanswered goals before Houston was able to get on the scoreboard, and added an insurance goal when Houston’s Becky Edwards scored an “own goal” for the Flash in the 89th minute.


Photo by Darla-La Vita Loca Photography
The Dash had topped the Flash in their two previous meetings, but came up short in front of the 3,693 fans in attendance on Saturday evening.

Jasmyne Spencer got the Flash on the scoreboard in the 13th minute with an assist from Samantha Kerr.

Kerr then added her name to the scoring: sending the ball into the goal off an assist by Carli Lloyd.

Sonia Bernudez added their third goal, off a pass from McCall Zerboni; in the 80th minute.

With the loss, the Dash fall to 3-10-2 (11 points) and 8th place in the National Women’s Dsoccer League standings.

They will next face Boston at home on July 11.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Houston Dynamo tie New York Red Bulls on Brad Davis penalty kick

Brad Davis ties it up. Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 4, 2014) With the World Cup winding down and both teams back at full strength, the Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls battled to a two-all tie in front of 22,315 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday, July 4, 2014.

The Dynamo wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, when forward Giles Barnes nailed a shot past New York Red Bull goalkeeper Luis Robles 40 seconds into the game to take an early lead.

The Red Bull came back and tied the score in the 13th minute when forward Bradley Wright-Phillips deftly slipped the ball past goalkeeper Tally Hall.



The score remained tied at halftime with neither team able to gain an advantage on the pitch.

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
The Red Bulls pulled out to a 2-1 lead in the 72nd minute when Wright-Phillips scored his second goal of the game off a pass by defender Ambroise Oyongo Bitlol.

Brad Davis, fresh off his appearance for the United States in the World Cup, nailed a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to tie the score and secure one point for the Dynamo.

With the tie, the Dynamo raises their 2014 season record to 5-10-3 (18 points).

In 20 meetings against the Red Bulls, Houston has posted four wins against nine losses and seven ties.

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
Wright-Phillips’ two goals against the Dynamo raised his count to five versus Houston in 2014.

In their last match prior to their Fourth of July holiday game, New York downed the Dynamo 4-0 on April 23, with Wright-Phillips scoring three goals to lead all scorers.

With the tie, Houston ends a five-game losing streak and will next play Montreal on July 12 on the road.

Houston Dynamo honors United States Military on July 4th game; Photos by Darla Tamulitis

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

 HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 4, 2014) The Houston Dynamo honored the Armed Forces of the United States during their 2-2 tie against the New York Red Bulls on the Fourth of July, 2014, in a celebration that was appreciated and enjoyed by military personal, fans and players alike.

La Vita Loca Photography's Darla Tamulitis was on hand to capture the pregame activities. Below is a montage of her photos on the 238th birthday of the United States.












Sunday, June 29, 2014

Spencer Pigot takes Pro Mazda title at Grand Prix of Houston

Spencer Pigot addresses the press after his win in Houston. 
By Robert H Kelly 
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 29, 2014) Spencer Pigot, driving the No. 7 car for Juncos Racing led for all 30 laps and took the checker flag in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at the Grand Prix of Houston on Sunday, June 29, 2014.


The race on the 1.6 mile street course of NRG Park, was the second in two days for these up-and-coming drivers.

Pigot, a resident of Orlando, Florida and driving for Juncos Racing, had an average speed of 84.462 miles per hour with a best lap time of 1:08.7171 minutes. He received to 31 points in the driver point standings for the win.

Taking the runner-up position was rookie Neil Alberico, driving for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing.

The Los Gatos, California native was 3.9977 second behind Pigot, averaging 84.301 miles per hour with a top lap time of 1:08.6893 minutes. He picked up 26 drivers points for his second place finish.

Shelby Blackstock, driving the No. 28 car for Andretti Autosports, place third with and average speed of 84.009 miles per hour and a best lap time of 1:09.1998 minutes.

Blackstock, who is a former University of Arizona student and a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is the son of country music superstar Reba McIntire.

Rounding out the top five places were Ryan Booth (JDC MotorSports) in fourth place and Nicholas Costa (M1 Racing) in fifth.

Local high school student, Clark Toppe, who is a junior at The Woodlands High School north of Houston, fought through the field, starting in the No. 12 position, to finish sixth place in front of the home town fans.

He posted on his Twitter account (@clarktoppe), after the race;

          “Awesome result today at Grand Prix of Houston for my first ProMazda
            race. Finished P6 and was only 4 tenths off the best time!”

The drivers will next meet on August 2-3, 2014 for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Troy, Ohio.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Houston Dash secure first home win in team history with 2-1 defeat of Western New York

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS  (June 11, 2014) The players were happy. The fans were happy. In fact, there was nary a sad face at BBVA Compass Stadium that was wearing orange and white as the Houston Dash won their first game at home with a 2-1 defeat of the Western New York Flash on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

With the win, the Dash are riding a three-game winning streak, raising their season record to 5-5-1.

The first half of the match was a combination of attack and defense; with neither team able to get an advantage until the 40th minute.

Starting forward Ella Masar was driving the ball toward the Flash goal when she was tackled by a New York defender.

An alert Tiffany McCarty quickly picked up the loose ball, outmaneuvered a Flash defender and drove a shot past goalkeeper Lydia Williams for the top edge of the box.

The Dash finished the half and retired to the locker room with a 1-0 against their east-coast rival.

The second half saw both teams score within two minutes of each other to close ou t the scoring and the victory for the Ladies in Orange.

The Flash scored in the 62nd minute on a chip shot by forward Adriana Martin to tie the score at 1-all.


Photo by JB Fletcher-Big Shots Snap Shots
The Dash responded two minutes later when they were awarded a penalty kick after midfielder Kaylyn Kyle was fouled in the box.

Midfielder Teresa Noyola was sent to the line by Dash head coach Randy Waldrum and she responded to the call; sailing the ball past Williams for Houston’s second and final score of the game.

The Dash will have a quick three day turn-a-round as the host FC Kansas City on Saturday June 14 with an 8 p.m. kickoff at BBVA Compass Stadium.