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Houston dashes by Boston 3-2; earning first ever franchise win

Houston's Teresa Noyola scored two second half goals leading the Dash to 3-2 over Boston
Houston's Teresa Noyola scored two second half goals leading the Dash to 3-2 over Boston
Lou Roesch

Two second half goals from Teresa Noyola lifted the Houston Dash past the Boston Breakers 3-2 on Sunday evening at Harvard Stadium just outside of Boston. The game will long be remembered as much for its drama as it will for being the first victory in franchise history.
Trailing 1-0 with less than a minute gone in the game, the Dash fought back not once but twice to secure Head Coach Randy Waldrum’s first victory in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
Heather O’Reilly tapped home her own rebound in the first minute of play to give Boston the early lead but this night would be long to the Dash and Teresa Noyola.
In the 50th minute, Houston forward Ella Masar blasted home a rebound off a Tiffany McCarty shot and save by Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher. It was the first goal in franchise history.
Boston regained the lead with a Joanna Lohman header over Dash goalie Erin McLeod who had come off her line to challenge the ball.
Rafaella Souza who joined the Dash this week made her presence felt as she substituted in for Masar in the 65th minute. Sixteen minutes later, Souza drew three defenders to her before laying the ball off to Teresa Noyola all alone on the right side and the Mexican international made Boston pay ripping a shot into the upper corner past Naeher.
Souza was at it again in the 84th minute dribbling into the box before being pulled down by Courtney Jones sending Noyola to the spot for a penalty kick. The former Stanford University Cardinal converted and the Dash were on their way to a 3-2 win.
The Dash (1-1-0) stay on the road traveling to Seattle for an April 27th match against the Reign. Kick-off is slated for 6p.m. CDT.

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