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Keelin Winters ends career with Reign FC's seventh straight victory over Dash

Dash finish 2016 with a 3-2 loss against Seattle Reign FC

Trask Smith


The streak was almost over.

For 75 minutes, the Houston Dash looked poised for their first-ever victory over Seattle Reign FC, but Kim Little had different plans on how to close out the 2016 season and Reign FC captain Keelin Winters' career.

Little placed the equalizer between the legs of Lydia Williams, five minutes later Beverly Yanez put Seattle ahead for good, leading Reign FC to a 3-2 victory over Houston on Sunday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Seattle showed off their explosive offense in the second half, netting three consecutive goals after an unimpressive first 45. Manon Melis scored in the 60th minute for her seventh goal of the season. Melis placed a perfectly-placed chip over the head of Williams and into the back of the net for Seattle's first goal of the match.

Kealia Ohai scored her 11th goal of the season in the 39th minute, to tie Western New York Flash forward Lynn Williams for the overall lead in goal scored. Ohai needed one more assist to tie Williams for the NWSL Golden Boot Award but was unable to reach the mark.

Lloyd's goal just three minutes later capped off a great first-half for the Dash. Lloyd received a pass at the penalty spot, took a turn and launched a left-footed strike into the upper 90, to put the Dash ahead 2-0.

Janine Beckie nearly scored in the 55th minute, receiving a pass in front of goal from Carli Lloyd, but mistimed her touch and Reign FC defender Lauren Barnes caught up to the Dash attack, blocking away Beckie’s effort at goal. Beckie missed out on a great opportunity to add another goal for Houston, just before the momentum in the match turned in Seattle's favor.

With the loss, Houston finishes the season with a 6-10-4 record for eighth place in the league standings, while Reign FC’s 8-6-6 record is good enough for the fifth spot.