Tonight the Houston Dash will match up with the Boston Breakers at BBVA Compass Stadium in a very special night. The Dash will honor men and women in uniform and the first responders in the 9/11 tragedy. The Dash with collaborate with Haley’s Heroes and will recognize the men and women during the pre-game and halftime ceremonies. Haley’s Heroes is managed by Haley Carter, a reserve goalkeeper for the Dash and a veteran of Operation in Iraqui Freedom, who is also an assistant coach for the Afghanistan Women’s National Team.
The Dash have tried several times to score a goal in first 15 minutes of the game but have come up short. In the 26th minute Dash’s #11 Janine Beckie scored the first goal of the first half, with the assistance of #10 Carli Lloyd. In the 35th minute Houston scored once again, #7 Kealia Ohai with the assistance of #11 Janine Beckie, making the score Dash 2 and Breaker 0. The Houston Dash have controlled the ball very well the first half. Hopefully they will continue to play as well in the second half.
Starting the second half the Houston Dash #17 Andressa was issued a yellow card in the 54th minute. The Breakers made their first substitution #11 Brittany Ratcliffe coming in for #27 Eunice Beckmann. The Dash made their first substitution of the game, #12 Amber Brooks coming in for #6 Morgan Brian in the 65th minute. The Breakers made two substitutions in the 74th minute #88 Katie Schoepfer for #10 Louise Schillgard and coming in #3 Elise Krieghoff for #9 Natasha Dowie. The Breakers scored in the 75th minute by #3 Elise Krieghoff who had just come into the game. In the 78th minute the Dash made a substitution #22 Stephanie Ochs coming in for #11 Janine Beckie. On the next possession for the Dash #10 Carli Lloyd scored in the 78th minute with the assistance of #7 Kealia Ohai. In the 81st minute on a penalty kick, #10 Carli Lloyd made another goal making the score Dash 4 and Breakers 1. The Dash made their last substitution for the game #15 Allysha Chapman coming in for #4 Rebecca Moros.
Also news, Kealia Ohai was voted the National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association after her four goals in the last two games played. This is the second time she has been awarded this honor. Kealia is the first member to win this award twice in one season. This is the sixth time a Dash player has been awarded this honor.
The final score, Dash 4 and Breakers 1. The player of the match was Carli Lloyd, she has 3 goals and 3 assists since returning from the Olympics. The attendance at BBVA Compass Stadium tonight was 6,107.
Santos Hernandez, Writer