It was a night of firsts for the Houston Dash and its fans but it was not a first win as the Portland Timbers FC held on for a 1-0 victory. Last year'expansion team and NWSL champions had all they could handle from the Dash formed just 121 days ago.
Things couldn't have started any worse for the Dash when midfielder Brittany Bock went down in the third minute of play. Bock would leave the game for good eight minutes later delivering a blow to the Houston team it had not anticipated.
"Losing Brittany was a big blow," said head coach randy Waldrum following the game. "We struggled a little bit without Brittany in there. We slipped Jordan (Jackson) back and put Noyola (Teresa) in there. They did a really good job but they're not a pro that's been there six years with championship experience."
Things got worse for the Dash before they got better as Portland's Allie Long headed in the first goal against the Dash and keeper Erin McLeod in the 24th minute of play.
The play settled down and Houston continued to create opportunities till the game's most controversial call of the night. In stoppage time, midfielder Becky edwards appeared to be in the right place at the right time chesting in a ball from three feet away. the cheers of the 8.097 in attendance quickly turned to boos as they saw referee Christina Unkel wave off the goal as time expired.
"Overall, I am really proud of our team and I'm disappointed we didn't get a point at least or three points with a win," continued Waldrum. "I am of our effort, I couldn't have asked for more."
pic becky edwards head
3 min in bock h
8' ohai down
urt being worked on sidelines 6' masar shot deflected st ck
11' jordan jackson over crossbar
14' yc p10 allie long
23' allie long header into the net far post 1-0 fc
24' ck pic
25' 1st set piece
pic edwards defense r after washington and p24
stopppage time kick save
60' save mcleod on long
74' yc masar
75' ochs over crossbar close range
pic 83' tmccarty and #25
89' wide 12
stoppage time a becky edwards goal disallowed