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Houston Dash get first ever win

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Houston Dash have secured their first win in club history as they came from behind twice to secure a 3-2 win over Boston Breakers at Harvard Stadium on Sunday night.

It was an entertaining display from both teams as the attack was almost constant, in a thrilling end-to-end match that remained on a knife’s edge until the final whistle.

Boston showed their class in just the first minute as two internationals combined for the opening goal, as Lisa De Vanna sent in a pass for Heather O’Reiliy to get a shot away, which was well saved by Erin McLeod, only for the rebound to fall back to the American striker who tapped home the rebound.

The Breaker’s pace was causing all sorts of problems for Houston in the opening stages with De Vanna’s pace causing its usual problems for her opponents.

Boston were by far the dominant side in the first half, but were not breaking through the stern Dash defense, and in the 44th minute Houston went agonizingly close to equalizing as a corner found Hilly Hein, who was left wide open, only for Kaylyn Kyle to clear the ball off the line to keep her side 1-0 up at the break.

Houston started well after the break and five minutes in McCarty was able to force the keeper in to a save, which rebounded for Ella Masar who was able to tap home the first ever Houston Dash goal.

But Boston responded, as they went on the attack again and it was O’Reiliy who was the catalyst as she crossed the ball in to Joanna Lohman who beat a rushing out McLeod to the goal, allowing her to head home the goal that put her side in front.

Houston Dash wanted to go for it in the later stages as they brought on Rafaelle Souza and Teresa Noyola as attacking substitutes as they really pushed for the win.

Souza was making her first appearance with the team, as she trains separately, while she completes her degree at Ole Miss in the coming weeks before joining the team full time and proved to be a handful for the breakers.

It was Souza who put in the assist for the equalizing goal as she sent a ball square for Noyola, who was in space at the edge of the box, allowing Noyola to send a powerful strike in to the top right hand corner that left the keeper with no chance.

Houston were on a roll and Souza proved how effective she will be yet again as she ran in to the area but was tripped by Courtney Jones, forcing the referee to point to the spot for a penalty.

That allowed Noyola to step up, and she took the chance well sending the penalty to the bottom right corner, placing it well enough that the keeper just couldn’t reach it.

The result keeps Boston down the bottom of the league, the only side to have lost their opening matches while Houston rise up and head to Seattle for a tough match next Sunday.

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