Carli Lloyd had a few choice words for her former coach Aaran Lines leading up to Saturday's night for the way her offseason trade was handled. Lloyd backed up her statement in true champion fashion, netting the game-winning goal against her former club.
In the 49th minute, Meghan Klingenberg served a cross back across goal and Carli Lloyd looped a header over Flash keeper Sabrina D'Angelo. The goal marked Lloyd's second straight since rejoining the Dash following the World Cup.
Lloyd's goal was overshadowed by the sensational performance Erin McLeod put forth for the Dash. McLeod made key stop after stop to stonewall Western New York's attack. In the final four minutes of stoppage time, the Flash unleashed a barrage of shots at Houston's goal in search of an equalizer. McLeod made a diving stop to deny Lady Andrade and stopped Samantha Mewis with a kick save just before the final whistle.
Lloyd nearly put the Dash ahead by two in the 60th minute, firing a rebound off Jessica McDonald's shot towards goal but Abby Dahlkemper got in the way to block the attempt at goal.
With the victory the Dash moved into fifth-place in the league table, one point behind FC Kansas City. Western New York drops to sixth place.
The Dash return to the friendly confines of BBVA Compass July 29, for a rematch against FC Kansas City, the side they drew against last week. Playoff implications are on the line as the Dash are just one point behind Kansas City, who sit in the fourth and final playoff spot.
Houston Dash (4-5-4; 17 points) vs. Western New York Flash (4-6-3; 15 points)