Kealia Ohai added another spectacular brace performance to seal Houston's 4-2 victory over the Orlando Pride at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Ohai entered Saturday’s tilt against the Pride on an astounding tear, scoring six goals in her last seven games. Orlando’s backline managed to keep Ohai off the board in the first half, but wasn't able to contain her for the full 90 minutes.
In the 63rd minute, Ohai launched a terrific bending strike from the fringe of the box, curling over a diving Ashlyn Harris and into the upper 90 for her seventh goal of 2016. The goal tied Jess McDonald’s seven-goal mark from 2015, the most by any Dash player in a single season.
Ohai passed McDonald's record in the 90th minute, placing her 1v1 finish against Harris off the far post and into the back of the net, her eighth goal of the 2016 campaign.
Orlando made a late run as both Alex Morgan and Kristen Edmonds scored in the final ten minutes of the match.
Houston picked up their offense in the second half placing more quality chances on goal. Ohai’s speed proved to be a catalyst for the Dash offense as the forward won a corner in the 47th minute. On the ensuing corner kick, the ball rattled between the Dash and Orlando’s backline before Houston defender Poliana gathered the rebound and blasted a strike into the back of the net, putting the Dash ahead 2-0.
Dash midfielder Janine Beckie opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, her first goal since the season opener against the Chicago Red Stars.
With the victory, the Dash keep their slim playoff hopes alive, while the Pride are officially eliminated from contention.
Houston will look to continue their playoff fight next week when they take on Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park on Wednesday.
Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 4, 2016
OHAI!!!! AGAIN!!!! The captain beats Harris at the far post for the 4-2 lead. #HOUvORL— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 4, 2016
87' Edmonds scores her second goal of the season against the Dash. Dash 3-2 Pride. #HOUvORL— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 4, 2016
81' Morgan gets one back for Orlando. #HOUvORL— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 4, 2016
23' GOAL!!!! LLOYD'S CROSS GOES ACROSS THE FACE GOAL AND BECKIE IS THERE TO TUCK IT AWAY!— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) September 4, 2016