Houston Dash continued their impressive pre-season as they managed a 3-1 win over Texas A&M at Ellis Field on Wednesday night.
The result marks an improvement for Dash over the pre-season as they had previously played the Aggies, managing a 1-0 win on that occasion, in their second ever match.
The Aggies wanted to come up and reverse that 1-0 result, starting the match well, attacking Houston’s back line, allowing Mikaela Harvey a chance from a deflection, which fell to her. It gave her enough time to settle and take the shot.
That shot was also deflected, falling for Allie Bailey who was able to take a shot from close range that Erin McLeod did well to get to but the ball squeezed through her hands to make it 1-0 to the Aggies, just three minutes in.
That goal seemed to just make the Dash angry as they had an equalizer in just six minutes as Jordan Jackson played in Kealia Ohai on the edge of the area allowing her to return the ball with a backheel that allowed Jackson to run on to the ball and hit a powerful shot to make it level.
The wind was blowing hard in College Station that saw long shots really stage a powerful threat as Bailey nearly made it two in the 36th, catching the keeper off the line but she could only hit the crossbar.
In stoppage time Houston had their lead as Ohai was able to get around her defender and then hit a powerful shot in to the back of the net to make it 2-1, allowing the UNC product to inflict more pain on Texas A&M.
Two minutes after half-time Houston hit the bar as Ella Masar looked to chip the keeper but her effort went out off the bar and over.
That saw the Aggies forced to go for it, but up against the strength of a professional outfit they couldn’t have the impact they’d have liked.
In the 73rd minute Houston went close again as Teresa Noyola sent a half volley up over the keeper that came off the bar and straight down, but not over the line.
Ten minutes from time Houston made it 3-1 as Masar was able to get a goal as Dominique Richardson had a good trail, sending a through ball for Masar, who was clean through, allowing her a simple finish to make it 3-1.
The post continued to be a star defender for the aggies, as five minutes from time it again came to the rescue, keeping out Masar again as she tried to volley home Lindsay Elston’s cross.
Houston Dash have one last match before the NWSL season gets under way and it will be on Saturday and their first match at their BBVA Compass Stadium home ground as derby day hits Houston, with the Dash taking on the Houston Aces ahead of the Major League Soccer Texas Derby between Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas.