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Houston Dash tie Washington Spirit off Marissa Diggs goal

Marrisa Diggs (23) chips in a Stephanie Ochs corner kick to give the Houston Dynamo the tying goal.
Marrisa Diggs (23) chips in a Stephanie Ochs corner kick to give the Houston Dynamo the tying goal.
Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography

Battling back from a 1-0 deficit in the 74th minute, the Houston Dash evened the score and held on for a 1-all tie against the Washington Sprint on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

With the tie, the Dash raises their record to 6-10-2 (17 points) and keep alive their hopes for a post-season playoff berth on the National Women’s Soccer League.

The Spirit got on the scoreboard in the 19th minute when forward Jodie Taylor broke away from the Dash defenders and fed Lisa De Vanna the ball as she approached the box.

De Vanna, who hails from Perth, Australia, deftly outmaneuvered Dash forward Stephanie Ochs on a one-one matchup and chipped the ball over a sliding Erin McLeod for the goal.

Play heated up and tempers flared a bit in the 71st minute when Dash forward Kealia Ohai was going for the ball, as it was headed out of bound, when she shoved by Sprint defender Ali Krieger.

Several Dash players protested the call when a free kick was awarded, feeling a penalty occurred.

Ochs took the free kick and sailed it towards the goal; hoping for a deflection. However the ball just flew by Sprint goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris without touching anyone.

The Dash, however, were not to be denied, with Ochs coming back two minutes later; bouncing a corner kick off teammates Marissa Diggs and Kaylyn Kyle to tie the score in the 74th minute.

Diggs was credited with the goal while Kyle received the assist.

Houston will now hit the road for a July 26 match-up against the Chicago Red Stars. They will return home on July 30 to face Seattle with a 8 p.m. CDT kickoff.