O’Sullivan came on as a substitute at halftime for the second consecutive game and scored her first goal of the season in the 69th minute. Ubogagu ran to the touchline and found O’Sullivan after she flipped the ball over the top of a defender as the forward made a run into the six yard box. The Cork, Ireland native slotted the ball in the far post for the lead.
A minute later O’Sullivan found Rachel Daly at the edge of the box and threaded a ball to Ubogagu between two defenders. The Stanford product brushed off a tackle and beat FCKC goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart at the near post.
FCKC cut the lead in half at the 87th minute after the referee awarded a penalty for a hand ball by a Dash defender inside the box. Yael Averbuch scored from the penalty spot and it was her first goal of the season.
Daly led an early charge and had the first shot of the game in the 1st minute. The forward dribbled into the box and shot at the near post but her shot missed the corner and went out of play.
Dash Lydia Williams finished the night with five saves and kept calm despite the pressure from FCKC’s Many Laddish and Shea Groom. A lunging Williams denied Groom’s header in the 18th minute after a stretch of possession that allowed FCKC to get behind the Dash defense on more than one occasion.
Laddish tested Williams with a long-range shot in the 20th minute but the Dash keeper palmed the ball over the goal for a corner kick.
Three minutes later Daly found Allysha Chapman making a run into the box and shot on goal. Barnhart’s left foot denied Chapman at the near post.
Barnhart was called into action in the 65th minute after Daly found space at the edge of the box. The forward shot towards the far post but the keeper’s right hand redirected the ball out of play.
Andressa’s shot in the 71st minute was just wide of the goal but forced Barnhart to palm it out of play. In the resulting corner kick, Ellie Brush tried to score her second goal in the series off a header. Barnhart was well positioned to handle the ball as she dove to her left.
The Dash return to BBVA Compass Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20 to host Alex Morgan and the Orlando Pride in what will be the first of two trips to Houston for the NWSL’s newest franchise. For tickets and additional information, visit HoustonDashSoccer.com/tickets.
Houston Dash (2-1-1, 7 points) vs. FC Kansas City (0-1-3, 1 point)
NWSL Regular Season
May 7, 2016—Swope Soccer Village—Kansas City, Missouri
1 2 F
Houston Dash 0 2 2
FC Kansas City 0 1 1
HOU: Denise O’Sullivan 1 (Chioma Ubogagu 1) 69’
HOU: Chioma Ubogagu 1 (Rachel Daly 3) 70’
KC: Yael Averbuch 1 (unassisted) 87’
Houston Dash: Lydia Wiliams; Allysha Chapman, Becca Moros, Ellie Brush (Cari Roccaro 86’), Poliana; Andressa, Amber Brooks, Morgan Brian (Denise O’Sullivan 46’); Rachel Daly, Janine Beckie (Kealia Ohai 68’), Chioma Ubogagu
Unused substitutes: Cami Privett, Bianca Henninger, Caity Heap, Stephanie Ochs.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Rachel Daly 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Chioma Ubogagu 2) FOULS: 12 (Becca Moros 3); OFFSIDES: 6 (, Rachel Daly, Chioma Ubogagu tied with 2) CORNER KICKS: 5 (Andressa 2); SAVES: 5 (Lydia Williams 5)
FC Kansas City: Nicole Barnhart; Yael Averbuch, Becky Sauerbrunn, Jen Buczkowski (Alex Arlitt 85’), Amanda Frisbie; Erika Tymrak (Alexa Newfield 77’), Heather O’Reilly (Frances Silva 86’), Desiree Scott, Brittany Taylor; Shea Groom, Mandy Laddish
Substitutes Not Used: Katelyn Rowland, Tiffany McCarty, Brianne Reed, Caroline Kastor.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Mandy Laddish, Yael Averbuch tied with 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Mandy Laddish, Yael Averbuch tied with 2); FOULS: 7 (Shea Groom 3) OFFSIDES: 2 (Mandy Laddish and Frances Silva tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Heather O’Reilly 4); SAVES: 5 (Nicole Barnhart 5)
HOU: Daly (caution 45’) 1
HOU: Brush (caution 82’) 2
Referee: Farhad Dadkho
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Weed, Ceciah Valero
Fourth Official: Shane Kennard