Saturday, July 16, 2016

Houston Dash dominates Portland Thorn FC 3-0

Photo by Robert H Kelly
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 16, 2016) The Houston Dash came into BBVA Compass Stadium on July 16, 2016 against Portland Thorn FC posting a six-game losing streak. After 90-plus minutes of play, the Dash ended that streak with a 3-0 win over theor NWSL rival in front of 5,661 fans on a humid Saturday evening.

The Dash did not waste any time in taking the early lead. Forward Rachel Daly nailed a perfect cross kick into the right side of the net past Portland goalkeeper Michelle Betos in the 7th minute to give the Dash the 1-0 lead. Fellow forward Kealia Ohai was credited with the assist; her sixth of the season. It was the second goal of the season for the Harrogate, England native; who scored her first goal of the season against Chicago on April 16, 2016.

Houston added their second goal of the game when Rebecca Moros took a shot from 20-yards out. The ball deflected off a Thorn player and travelled right in front of Amber Brooks. The fleet-footed Brooks made a run to the six-yard box and drove it home for her first goal of the season. They added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute when Ohai dribbled into the box past two defenders; beating Betos at the near post for her fifth goal of the season.

The game was the first multiple-goal game for Houston in 2016 and raised their season record to 3-7-1 for the season. It also improved their home record to 2-2-1 and gives them a 1-1-0 in July after a dismal 0-3-0 record in June. Both teams played without the service of key players; as they prepare for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Next up for the Dash will be a Saturday, July 23 matchup against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Center in Chicago. They return home for a Saturday, July 30 game against Western New York Flash. 

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