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Dash suffer heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Portland

Houston goalkeeper Erin McLeod gave the Dash another strong performance but came up on the short end of a 1-0 score.
Lou Roesch

Three weeks the Houston Dash waited for another shot at the Portland Thorns FC and just like three weeks ago, the Thorns FC came away with a 1-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium.
In game highlighted by 14 of 29 shots on goal, FIFA 2013 Women’s World Player of the Year and Portland keeper Nadine Angerer and Houston’s Erin McLeod (Canadien National Team keeper)put on a clinic thwarting one scoring attempt after another until the 57th minute of play when Portland’s Jessica McDonald beat McLeod for the game’s only score.
The Dash who have yet to score at home this season were not without their chances. In the 16th minute, a set piece off the foot of Arianna Romero was gathered in by Portland and then midfielder Jordan Jackson was stopped from near point blank range in the 42nd minute. Just out of the halftime locker room, referee Josh Wilkens whistled Portland for a handball in the box but Angerer stopped Kaylyn Kyle’s shot from the mark in the 47th minute breathing new life into the Portland side.
Ten minutes later, Jessica McDonald slipped home her fourth goal of the season for the game winner.
The Dash continued to push and fight and create opportunities but could not get the equalizer.
“We had our chances and it’s unfortunate not to put away those chances,” said midfielder Becky Edwards. “We knew they were going to come out flying in the second half and they did but we still created chances. Credit to Portland for finding a way to score and that will come for us.”
In the final two minutes of the game, the Dash pressure nearly got to the Portland defense as Kealia Ohai nearly slipped one by Angerer in the 89th minute and then Edwards shot sailed high as the referee’s whistle ended Houston’s valiant effort.
Dash head coach Randy Waldrum was disappointed but proud of his team’s effort.
“I’m really, really proud of our team tonight. I thought we were outstanding compared to the last three weeks for sure and that may have been our best overall performance,” Waldrum expressed in the postgame press conference. “I think the hard part like I said to the players it’s disappointing and it’s heartbreaking to keep putting in work and keep fighting and you don’t get something out of it. Two games now that we played that we deserved to get something out of.“
Houston travels to Kansas City for their third game in seven days when they meet FC Kansas City on Sunday May 18, 2014 at 5:00p.m.

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