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Houston Dash add 7-0 victory to preseason record

As season opener nears, Dash improve to 3-1-0.

Nikki Washington at an earlier pre-season match against Texas A&M
Nikki Washington at an earlier pre-season match against Texas A&M
Talley Johnson

As their preseason tour continues, the Houston Dash added another win to their record Saturday afternoon with a solid 7-0 win against Texas Tech University at Houston Sports Park. Dash forward Tiffany McCarty grabbed a brace, while defender Arianna Romero had two assists.

The first 15 minutes of the match belonged to the Texas Tech Red Raiders, according to a press release from the team. However, when the Dash were able to settle themselves into the match, their offensive dominance took off. At the 30 minute mark, the team tallied their first goal in the form of a cross from Stephanie Ochs that found the head of defender Nikki Washington.

After that, the flood gates opened for the Dash. College draft pick Kealia Ohai was able to get the ball in the center two minutes later to McCarty, who hit the cross toward the near post for the second goal. The forward's second goal came just before halftime as Arianna Romero hit a perfect cross that McCarty was able to head in.

Six substitutes came onto the pitch for the Dash in the second half, including trial Nigerian defender Osinachi Ohale. The additions would put a new fire in the Houston attack before the end of the match.

The second wave of goals began with Lindsay Elston's solo run on goal, firing the ball into the net on a tight angle. Another run on goal came four minutes later with Elston and Becky Edwards teamed up to provide a chance for Ohai to tally her first goal.

The last two goals came at the very end of the match. Number six came in the 87th minute with Brittany Bock getting above the Texas Tech defense on a free kick from Romero and heading the ball in. Dash trialist Anisa Guajardo tied up the match, stealing the ball in the attacking third and firing it from the top of the penalty area. After taking a deflection off a Texas Tech defender, it went in the back of the net for the Dash's seventh goal.

Houston have two more preseason games before they take on Portland Thorns FC in their April 12 NWSL opener. The next match up will be against Texas A&M Wednesday at 8 p.m.