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Dash close preseason with victory

Another 7-1 win gives Houston boost before April 12 opener

The Houston Dash would wrap up their pre-season tour Saturday night on home turf against the Houston Aces of the Women's Professional Soccer League and claim another huge 7-1 victory, a press release from the team stated. The match took place after the Dynamo's Texas Derby match against FC Dallas.

The Dash would claim an early lead and hold it against the Aces through the entire match. Houston's Nikki Washington played a ground corner-kick into the box to Ella Masar, whose shot would be cleared by an Aces defender. Trialist Osinachi Ohale attempted to head the bouncing clearance into goal, but would be denied by a diving Elizabeth Brown. Finally Becky Edwards would get the rebound and hit the ball in for a close-range goal.

The second goal of the evening came from the combined efforts of all three of the Dash's starting forwards - Masar, Kealia Ohai and Stephanie Ochs. In the 14th minute, Ohai began the run on the left, playing a pass in to the feet of Ochs. The ball would come back to the feet of Ohai on a pass from Ochs and she would charge forward, before flicking the ball to Masar, who slotted it in under the Aces keeper.

Ohai would get a brace in the first half, with the first goal being a half-volley from the edge of the box off a pass from Ochs. The second was just after the 30 minute mark when Nikki Washington slipped the ball through a defender's legs and played a cross through to Jordan Jackson. Jackson would tap a cross back to the middle for Ohai to knock in.

The Dash would hit their fifth goal of the match just before halftime on a penalty. Ohai was brought down inside the 18-yard box which prompted the ref to award the penalty. Midfielder Brittany Bock would step up to the spot and easily kick the ball into the net.

The second half would belong to Houston's forward Masar as she would claim a brace in the second half to complete her hattrick for the match. Eight minutes after the start of the second half, Tiffany McCarty would serve a cross from the endline into Masar, who would head it into goal. Five minutes later, Masar would work a few passes with Jackson before getting her third goal from a tight angle.

After struggling all night against the Houston Dash, the Aces would pull one goal back in the 65 minute. After the Dash defense failed to clear an Aces corner, the loose ball fell to Lauren Prewitt. She hit a rocket to the far post and beat Dash keeper Erin McLeod.

At the end of the 90 minutes, the victory would give the Dash a 5-1-0 record for their preseason tour. They will now head into the NWSL season with their first home match at 7 p.m. April 12 against the Portland Thorns FC.