It was not a pretty sight Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium where FSKC outmaneuvered and outscored the Dash 4-0.
The Dash showed a defense that became more porous with each KC attack. In the 13th minute of play, Liz Bogus opened the scoring for KC as she sliced her way through the Dash backline and lifted a shot by a charging Erin McLeod.
Bogus's goal was one McLeod felt she could have played better.
"I think I could have been more aggressive actually," said McLeod. "She just toe poked it."
McLeod came up with big saves in the 29th and 35th minute keeping the KC attack at bay.
Houston midfielder Backy Edwards drilled on e from 25 yards out that nearly cut the deficit in half in first half stoppage time but KC keeper Nicole Barnhart stopped the low line drive.
Straight out of the second half locker room (48th minute), KC knocked home its second goal of the match as forward Amy Rodriguez took a pass over top, split the Dash defense and ripped a shot past McLeod for a 2-0 lead.
As if things couldn't get any worse, Houston defender Osinachi Ohale drew a red card in the 58th minute putting the Dash down a player and trailing.
"Clearly, the red card had changed the game," said head coach Randy Waldrum.Not only are you chasing the ball but a 2-0 lead."
With the Dash chasing, KC became patient looking for opportunitie to put the game away but McLeod steered away trouble in the 68th and 69th minute before KC struck agan.
This time it was Erica Tymrak in the 80th minute ripping a low line drive that sailed past the diving McLeod into the back of the net.
Frances Silva concluded the scoring with Kansas City's fourth goal in 89th minute.
It was an effort that did not go unnoticed to 5,178 fans in attendance and certainly not on the Waldrum and his staff.
"Of the four games we played, I'm probably most disappointed in this one," saidWaldrum. "They handled us pretty easy." I am disappointed in the effort. The effort has to be better when we get to Chicago."
The Dash head to Chicago next for a Mother's Day clash with the Red Star's on May 11, 2014. Kick-off is slated for 5p.m. CDT.