Comebacks are becoming a bit of a specialty for the Houston Dash, and they pulled off another one Saturday night against the Western New York Flash in a 2-1 victory.
Burger nearly gave the Dash the lead less than five minutes into the match after McCarty forced a turnover in Western New York's territory, but Flash goalkeeper Lydia Williams did well to cut down Burger’s angles and the shot curled inches wide.
Zerboni opened the scoring for the Flash with a well-hit volley from the penalty spot. Adriana Martin played a quick give-and-go on the left flank and delivered the cross into the box for Zerboni to finish in the 44th minute. The Flash nearly struck again at the start of the second half as Adriana played Samantha Kerr behind the Dash defense, but goalkeeper Bianca Henninger made the one-on-one save and Osinachi Ohale cleared the rebound out of danger.
The Dash responded quickly in the 51st minute. Ohai received a throw-in from Arianna Romero in the corner of the box and turned her defender to get a low, left-footed shot away. The shot went across the path of Tiffany McCarty and seemed to fool the Flash goalkeeper as the ball kissed the ball off the inside of the post and into the net for Ohai's first professional goal.
Burger delivered the win for the Dash in the 73rd minute, getting to the near post to head home a corner kick from Stephanie Ochs. The goal was Burger’s second of the year, and was the second consecutive game the Dash converted off a corner.
Romero saved the points for the Dash in stoppage time as Henninger, starting in place of the injured Erin McLeod, dove out of her net trying to punch away an incoming cross. The ball fell to Carli Lloyd to shoot on the open net, but the Dash right back slid into its path to clear the shot off the line.
The Dash (2-7-1, 7 points) will play their third consecutive road match on June 8 against Sky Blue FC. Western New York (3-4-2, 11 points) travels to face FC Kansas City in a midweek clash on June 4.
Houston Dash (2-7-1) at Western New York Flash (3-4-2)
May 31, 2014 — Sahrlen’s Stadium, Rochester, NY
NWSL Regular Season
Attendence — 3,555
Western New York: McCall Zerboni (Adriana Martin) 44
Houston: Kealia Ohai 1 (unassisted) 51
Houston: Nina Burger 2 (Stephanie Ochs 2) 73
Houston Dash: Bianca Henninger; Arianna Romero, Osinachi Ohale, Marissa Diggs, Stephanie Ochs; Kaylyn Kyle, Ella Masar, Becky Edwards; Tiffany McCarty (Kelly McFarlane 90+4), Nina Burger (Rafaelle Souza 79), Kealia Ohai
Unused substitutes: Erin McLeod, Holly Hein, Teresa Noyola, Kika Toulouse
Western New York Flash: Lydia Williams; Katherine Reynolds, Brittany Taylor, Amy Barczuk (Jasmyne Spencer 77), Kritsten Edmonds; McCall Zerboni (Sonia Bermudez 66), Carli Lloyd, Angela Salem; Samantha Kerr, Abby Wambach (Vicky Losada 25), Adriana Martin
Unused substitutes: Kelsey Wys, Haley Palerm, Courtney Wetzel, Kathryn Williamson
HOU: Osinachi Ohale (caution) 9
Referee: Kristen Salazar
Assistant Referees: Amanda Ross, Michael Piercey
Fourth Official: Chris Trottier