All good things came to an end for the Houston Dash Saturday night, as their three-game winning streak was snapped in a 3-1 loss to the Washington Spirit, in front of a recored 5,418 at Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD.
World Cup snub Crystal Dunn continued her case for league MVP against the Dash, netting a first half hat-trick, the first three-goal game of her NWSL career.
Houston finally got on the board in the 74th minute, thanks to the timely collaboration of Kealia Ohai and Jessica McDonald. Ohai whipped in a left-footed cross from the edge of the box to a running McDonald. The forward capitalized with a header past a frozen Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.
Carli Lloyd's seven game scoring streak also came to an end in the loss despite the forward's attack on the opposing goal. Lloyd had numerous chances but couldn't find her way past Harris. Off a corner kick in the 79th minute Lloyd fired a strike towards the box but her shot was cleared off the line by Estelle Johnson. In the dying minutes of the match, Ohai played a ball across the box for Lloyd, the forward miss hit the ball sending her shot wide of goal.
Dash keeper Erin McLeod was replaced by Bianca Henninger in the 34th minute, after a collision with Dunn left the Canadian with a skin laceration. With the loss Houston remains in fourth place and sit just one point above FC Kansas City, who earned a 2-2 draw against the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday. The match also marked the final match for defender Niki Cross. After being honored before the match with flowers, Cross came on as second-half substitute and played out the final 22 minutes of her professional soccer career as a member of the Dash.
The Dash return to BBVA Compass next Friday against eighth-place Sky Blue FC.