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Silva's header in stoppage time stuns Houston 2-1

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FC Kansas City forward Frances Silva’s header with less than a minute to play in stoppage time handed the Houston Dash (4-8-1) a heartbreaking 2-1 loss at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night in Houston.
After a scoreless first half in which Houston dominated the match from the 20th minute of play, FC Kansas City (7-4-3) struck first when Jenna Richmond launched a shot from 30 yards out that sailed into the upper far corner.
“Most everything they got in the first half, I thought kind of came from the second ball out,” shared head coach Randy Waldrum in the postgame press conference. “And ironically that’s what happened on their first goal. Richmond struck a long range bomb on us that we just didn’t get out quick enough on.”
Richmond’s finish in the 66th minute may have stunned the 3,852 in attendance but not the Dash. Two minutes after her entry into the match midfielder Tori McCombs rifled a service into the box sending KC goaltender Sarah Keane to her right for a diving punch out in the 72nd minute.
Houston continued to push and in the 79’ minute, McCombs in her first appearance with the Dash delivered a ball to forward Tiffany McCarty on the right flank. McCarty’s shot was blocked out of bounds giving Houston its seventh corner of the night and Stephanie Ochs made FC Kansas City pay. Ochs sent the corner into the near edge of the six yard box and veteran midfielder Becky Edwardsdid the rest out battling KC’s Jen Buczkowski for the header that zipped past a stunned Sarah Keane.
“We’ve been pretty dangerous in our set pieces most of the year,” continued Waldrum. Becky scored a great goal and gave us a chance to get some points.”
Houston appeared to have salvaged a point with Edwards’ first goal of the season till a late goal in stoppage time cost the Dash for the second time this season. Following a throw-in deep in the Houston end, FC midfielder Erika Tymrak who assisted on Richmond’s goal in the 66th minute shook the Dash defender and curled a ball on goal as the charging 5’4” Frances Silva sailed in heading it away from Houston keeper and former KC back-up Bianca Heninnger into the corner of the netting.
“I’m disappointed we gave up the points up at the end obviously,” concluded Waldrum. “I told the players after the game if you’d of asked me a month ago that we knew we had three games in seven days, if I would take six points out of that, I would of said absolutely in a heartbeat so I have to remind myself that I’ve been saying that all along. There is heartbreak in extra time tonight but this team fights like no other. Really proud of this team.”
Houston in a three way tie for fifth continues its inaugural NWSL season following a two week break on June 28, 2014 hosting the Washington Spirit in an 8p.m. CDT match. In between time, the team will stay tuned up with some rest, recuperation and a friendly in Dallas against FC Dallas ECNL U-23 on Saturday June 21, 2014 with a 7:30p.m. CDT kick-off.

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