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Ohai, Beckie lead Houston Dash to 2-1 victory over Portland Thorns FC in preseason action

Kealia Ohai scored her first goal of the preseason in the 90th minute to give Houston a 2-1 victory over Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park.

Janine Beckie dribbled down the right wing and found Ohai making a run into the box. Ohai shot from 10 yards away towards the top corner of the near post for the decisive goal.

Thorns midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored the first goal of the game in the 79th minute. Bianca Henninger saved a shot from Shade Pratt but the rebound fell to Brynjarsdottir who scored from inside the six-yard box.

Beckie tied the game in the 83rd minute when she caught Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch out of position. The Texas Tech product shot from 35 yards away for her fourth goal of the preseason.

The Thorns applied pressure at the beginning of the game winning two corners in the first six minutes. Thorns Mallory Weber had a goal disallowed in the 14th minute due to an offside call.

The Dash responded with their first scoring opportunity in the 18th minute when Chioma Ubogagu’s right footed shot hit the crossbar.

Nine minutes later the referee awarded the Dash a penalty for a foul on Rachel Daly inside the box. Franch took down the rookie forwarf at the edge of the box and earned the first yellow card of the game. The goalkeeper saved Amber Brooks’ shot by diving to her left and punching the kick away.

The Dash continued to test Franch and in the 29th minute Ohai dribbled into the box to find Daly. The forward’s shot was wide of the far post. Ohai returned a minute later to beat Franch one-on-one but her goal was disallowed due to an offside call. In total, the Dash accumulated 11 offside calls.

In the 60th minute Poliana found Daly at the near post but the forward’s header missed the target. Prior to the first Houston goal, Ohai shot from 20 yards away but the shot sailed over the crossbar for a goal kick.

The Dash return to Houston today and open the 2016 NWSL season on Saturday, April 16 against the Chicago Red Stars at BBVA Compass Stadium. The first 5,000 fans in attendance on April 16 will receive a limited-edition Carli Lloyd bobblehead courtesy of the title sponsor of the match, BBVA Compass.

Fans that purchase full season ticket memberships for the 2016 season are guaranteed the Lloyd bobblehead. For more information or tickets, visit HoustonDashSoccer.com/tickets.

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