Shea Groom notched her first professional goal and Liz Bogus broke the ice late in the first half as FC Kansas City earned its second win of the season, defeating the Houston Dash, 2-0, at BBVA Compass Stadium.
It was the first match for both clubs without the services of their U.S. national team players.
Liz Bogus opened the scoring in 42nd minute when after a Kansas City corner kick, Dash defender Melissa Henderson cleared the ball out to Bogus. Bogus, at the top of the 18, sent the ball through traffic and Dash keeper Bianca Henninger had no time to react.
Kansas City scored again shortly after halftime when in the 52nd minute, Blues’ forward Sarah Hagen sent a cross in from the right side, which Groom headed in for her first professional goal.
Groom had come close earlier when a minute before halftime, she broke through Houston’s defense, but former Kansas City keeper Henninger stopped her shot.
While the teams were even in shots on goal, Houston had the advantage in number of shots. The Dash’s closest chance of the night came after Kansas City’s second goal when Henderson’s header from a Jess McDonald cross hit the crossbar.
It’s the second-straight victory for the Blues after dropping their first two games of the season. After opening up the season with a win and a draw, Houston has now lost two in a row. It was the first game that the Dash were shutout.
Also of note, Jen Buczkowski became the first player to earn 50 consecutive starts in the NWSL.
NEXT UP: The Blues will face the Western New York Flash in Rochester on May 8. The Dash have a bye next week and will return to action on May 15 when they host the Chicago Red Stars at 8:30 p.m.
Houston Dash (1-2-1; 4 points) vs. FC Kansas City (2-2-0; 6 points)
May 2, 2015 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
FC Kansas City: Liz Bogus 1 (unassisted) 42
FC Kansas City: Shea Groom 1 (Sarah Hagen 1) 51
Houston Dash: Bianca Henninger; Ella Masar, Niki Cross, Carleigh Williams, Allysha Chapman; Rachael Axon, Jordan Jackson (Cami Privett 58), Ashley Nick; Melissa Henderson (Tiffany McCarty 59), Jessica McDonald, Kealia Ohai (Allie Bailey 77)
FC Kansas City: Nicole Barnhart; Leigh Ann Robinson ©, Amy LePeilbet, Yael Averbuch, Becca Moros; Frances Silva, Jen Buczkowski, Erika Tymrak (Meghan Lisenby, 88), Liz Bogus (Mandy Laddish, 70); Shea Groom (Caroline Kastor, 77), Sarah Hagen
FCKC: Becca Moros (caution) 63
Referee: Margaret Domka
Assistant Referees: Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey Greeson
Fourth Official: Christina Hutchinson