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Dash win second straight

Tiffany McCarty in action for USA's under 19s
Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Bongarts/Getty Images for DFB

Houston Dash have sealed consecutive wins for the first time in their history as they managed an impressive 3-0 victory over Sky Blue FC at Yurcack Field on Sunday afternoon.

In addition to the first ever consecutive wins, it was the first ever clean sheet for Houston as Erin McLeod had a solid match in goal for Dash.

Houston got off to a perfect start with Tiffany McCarty able to fool her defender and create space for herself allowing her to take a shot from the top of the box, curling it down over the keeper but below the bar to give the Dash the lead, the first time they’d ever scored the first goal in a match.

Houston kept on attacking, which made life difficult for Sky Blue FC and in the 20th minute they managed a second as Becky Edwards found a completely unmarked Ella Massa who was able to beat Jill Loyden who got a touch but it wasn’t enough.

It was absolutely all Houston in the opening half as they dominated possession, with most of the play being with them and in Sky Blue’s half as Houston just completely controlled the play to hold a half-time leave at 2-0.

Sky Blue were much better in the second half as they came out determined to find a goal and pull themselves back in to the match, bringing on Jonelle Filigno who almost found a goal three minutes in to the second half as she forced a solid save out of McLeod.

Filigno proved to be a vital inclusion for Sky Blue as she forced another good save out of McLeod 10 minutes later before her cross caused all sorts of problems for the Dash defense but McLeod continued to be impressive, making two consecutive saves from close range.

Houston Dash thought they’d managed a third goal midway through the half after Kaylyn Kyle was able to score, but made space for herself by being in an offside position.

In the 80th minute Houston wrapped up their win as Loyden came off her line, and collided with a defender, allowing McCarty to jump in and chip the ball home in to the net but over Kelley O’Hara’s head.