On the road and plagued by injuries, including starting goalkeeper Erin McLeod, the Houston Dash pulled through to secure their second victory of the season defeating the Western New York Flash, 2-1.
Nina Burger provided the knockout blow when she capitalized on Stephanie Ochs’ 73rd minute corner kick to complete the comeback. Ochs served the kick from the right side of the field and found Burger at the near post for the go-ahead goal.
Flash forward Abby Wambach collided with Houston defender Marissa Diggs in the 17th minute after Diggs blocked Wambach’s shot. The United States international stayed down for several minutes before jogging off under her own power. She was replaced by Vicky Losada in the 24th minute of play.
A team official said that Wambach’s injury “doesn’t look serious” but the club and Wambach will know for sure after an MRI on Monday.
Before the halftime whistle, Adrianna Martin swerved a cross into the box that found McCall Zerboni. The midfielder rocketed home a left footed volley past Henninger to put the Flash up 1-0.
The second half saw the Flash return to their more recent struggles as Western New York conceded two goals again in its fourth-straight match.
It was case of too much, too late for Western New York as some of their best chances in the match came in the final 15 minutes, when Aaran Lines composed a lineup that featured four forwards upfront.
Arianna Romero came up with two key defensive stops in the final minutes when she disrupted two consecutive Flash scoring chances to close out the match.
Romero’s presence was also felt on the offensive end in the 50th minute. The defender threw in a ball to Kealia Ohai who turned over her shoulder and placed a left-footed strike past Williams for the second overall draft selection’s first professional goal.
The loss brings Western New York’s winless streak to four games. The Flash’s next game comes June 4 on the road against FC Kansas City.
The win for the Dash marks their second of the season and breaks their seven-game winless stretch. Houston heads to Yurack Field June 8 to take on Sky Blue FC.
WNY – McCall Zerboni (2) – 44’
HOU – Kealia Ohai (1) – 50’
HOU –Nina Burger (1) – 73’
HOU: Bianca Henninger; Marissa Diggs, Stephanie Ochs, Osinachi Ohale, Arianna Romero; Becky Edwards, Kaylyn Kyle, Ella Masar, Tiffany McCarty (Kelly MacFarlane 90+); Nina Burger (Rafelle Souza 79), Kealia Ohai
WNY: Lydia Williams; Katherine Reynolds, Brittany Taylor, Amy Barczuk (Jasmyne Spencer 78), Kristen Edmonds; McCall Zerboni (Sonia Bermudez 65), Carli Lloyd, Angela Salem; Samantha Kerr, Abby Wambach (Vicky Losada 24), Adriana Martin
HOU – Osinachi Ohale (Caution) 9’