After a tight opening period Houston started to take control and they should have done better in the 34th minute as Kealia Ohai beat Matilda’s goalkeeper Lydia Williams but not the post, allowing the rebound to fall for Tiffany McCarty who shot wide of goal.
Five minutes after the missed opportunity McCarty made amends as she was able to recover the possession from Ella Masar’s tackle, allowing her to beat her defender and then curl a strike in past the keeper to give her another goal.
That goal sparked Western New York in to action and they dominated possession throughout much of the half but they were unable to come through, keeping it 1-0 at the break.
The Flash continued to go on the attack after the break and they did find their goal just after the hour mark as a Dash error saw Marissa Diggs lose her balance and allowed Adriana Martin to gather the ball and chip the keeper to find an equalizer in the 62nd minute.
But that lead was short lived as Houston Dash looked to jump straight back in to it and they restored their lead just two minutes later after Kaylyn Kyle was brought down by Jasmyne Spencer, earning Houston a penalty.
Teresa Noyola was able to step up to the spot, and sent Williams the wrong way, scoring Dash’s first penalty goal at BBVA Compass Stadium at the third attempt and restoring their lead to make it 2-1.
From there Houston were able to continue to control the match from there, looking content on their 2-1 lead and Western New York struggled to create any clear chances, allowing Houston their third straight victory and their first ever home win.