The players were happy. The fans were happy. In fact, there was nary a sad face at BBVA Compass Stadium that was wearing orange and white as the Houston Dash won their first game at home with a 2-1 defeat of the Western New York Flash on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
With the win, the Dash are riding a three-game winning streak, raising their season record to 5-5-1.
The first half of the match was a combination of attack and defense; with neither team able to get an advantage until the 40th minute.
Starting forward Ella Masar was driving the ball toward the Flash goal when she was tackled by a New York defender.
An alert Tiffany McCarty quickly picked up the loose ball, outmaneuvered a Flash defender and drove a shot past goalkeeper Lydia Williams for the top edge of the box.
The Dash finished the half and retired to the locker room with a 1-0 against their east-coast rival.
The second half saw both teams score within two minutes of each other to close ou t the scoring and the victory for the Ladies in Orange.
The Flash scored in the 62nd minute on a chip shot by forward Adriana Martin to tie the score at 1-all.
The Dash responded two minutes later when they were awarded a penalty kick after midfielder Kaylyn Kyle was fouled in the box.
Midfielder Teresa Noyola was sent to the line by Dash head coach Randy Waldrum and she responded to the call; sailing the ball past Williams for Houston’s second and final score of the game.
The Dash will have a quick three day turn-a-round as the host FC Kansas City on Saturday June 14 with an 8 p.m. kickoff at BBVA Compass Stadium.