After five games of waiting for the first home victory, the Houston Dash have finally delivered! Not only did they deliver a victory, but it was a well-deserved victory over the Western New York Flash.
The game was not the most attractive or technical of games, but not every game should be expected to be. Osi Ohale had an extraordinary game on defense and was a rock in the back-line.
Ohale was very effective in covering balls that were the Flash tried to chip over the defense. Her aerial ability prevent Flash from getting behind Houston’s defense for easy goals.
The first goal of the night came off of an unassisted Tiffany McCarty shot in the 39th minute. McCarty had been close minutes before when Kealia Ohai’s earlier shot hit the post, and McCarty pounced on the loose ball for a shot that just went wide. It would be her curling shot, however, that caught the Flash’s goalkeeper out of position for the goal.
As Houston left the field for the halftime break, they were sent away with a well-deserved standing ovation. The crowd could feel their first home victory was within reach. Credit should be given to this crowd for never turning their back on our Women in Orange, not even when results weren’t coming our way.
As the second half got underway, the Dash looked like a team with confidence. It was honestly the first time that they had played this way in The Oven. We had seen this team play with this fire during away games, but Houston finally got their first taste of a truly confident Houston Dash.
Even though, Houston at times gave up possession, they still seemed to be controlling the pace of the game. Sadly, one defensive lapse and a goalkeeper mistake, led to Western New York Flash’s first and only goal of the night. McLeod was caught off her line in the 62nd minute and a beautiful chip was scored by Adrianna Martin in the 62nd minute.
In the past, the Dash may have buckled after the equalizing goal at home. However, they were ready to give the crowd first home victory at all costs. Kaylyn Kyle’s ball control in the 62nd led to a foul and penalty by the Flash.
As Teresa Noyola walked up the ball to take the penalty shot, many fans were probably having war flashbacks to the previous two misses from the spot at home. However, that day the curse would end and Noyola would easily fool the keeper for the 2-1 lead in the 64th minute.
The rest of the game was merely complete Houston Dash domination. Western New York Flash never really seemed close to scoring, other than a single shot that Erin McCleod stopped, due to Houston successfully keeping position of the ball.
As the game came to a close, the fans at The Oven have the “Majestic” Houston Dash a well-deserved standing ovation. They were finally shown what this team is capable of, and all it took was a little patience.