For a fourth consecutive game, the Houston Dash lost a soccer match by the slimmest of margins dropping a 1-0 home decision to FC Kansas City on Father’s Day at BBVA Compass Stadium.. For a fourth consecutive game, the Houston Dash were the better team on the pitch dominating play and still coming up short. For a fourth consecutive week, the Houston Dash are left scratching their heads ruing what might have been but never was. For a fourth consecutive week, it will be back to the drawing board in practice as head coach Randy Waldrum and company search for the answer to getting on the winning side of the ledger.
Out of the midst of adversity, the character of this team continues to shine through and if nothing else this brings the promising hope of a new tomorrow and a win in the next match. From the top down and in spite of a mountain of 1-0 losses that has the team sinking towards the bottom of the NWSL table, there is optimism and belief that a positive result is just around the corner.
“It seems that the last few of these have been like a broken record,” said Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum frustration showing in his face. “I was proud of the performance tonight. We were much better than we were last week and the week before, but we gave up a mistake late, and you have to finish your opportunities.”
From the sixth minute of the match when forward Chioma Ubogagu almost found Morgan Brian inside the six yard box, it became of near misses for the Dash. The near misses began in the sixth minute as forwad Chioma Ubogagu’s service into the box nearly connect with USWNT midfielder Morgan Brian. Polian’s shot of a corner in the 21st minute went just wide to the right. Three minutes later Ubogagu intercepted a FCKC pass but her touch was easily handled by KCKC keeper Nicole Barnhart. The near misses continued in the second half including Alyssa Chapman banging one off the cross bar in the 53rd minute or the left-footed blast from Rachel Daly that clanged off the pipes in the thirteen minutes later. The near misses didn’t stop as the Dash trailing 1-0 by this point put on a final flurry in stoppage time only to see their last chance off the boot of Denise O’Sullivan sail wide of the near post from beyond the 18 yard box.
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“These kids work so hard to do the right things and get wins and we’re not getting the rewards at the moment,” concluded Waldrum
USWNT teammate Becky Sauerbrunn picked up the only score of the night in the 80th minute. Teammate Heather O’Reilly sent a corner into the box that found Shea Groom near the far post and her header back to the middle of the box came to Yael Averbuch. The 29 year old’s shot deflected off the face of Daly coming directly to Sauerbrunn whose header beat Houston keeper Lydia Williams and the Dash in one fell swoop.
In a quick turnaround, the Dash travel to Orlando for a Thursday night match with the Pride. Kick-off is set for 6:30p.m. CDT at Camping World Stadium.