The Houston Dash dropped their second straight match of the season with a 3-1 loss to Sky Blue FC at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
An outstanding effort from Sky Blue forward Samantha Kerr was the difference in the match, as the Australian international earned a penalty kick for her side, recorded an assist, and scored a late goal—contributing to the club's successful attack.
In the 53rd minute, Kerr drew out Houston's defenders and played the ball wide to an open Leah Galton. The English forward maneuvered around Williams and placed her left-footed finish into the open goal.
A sequence from @samkerr1 and @leahgalton21 in the 53rd minute. #NWSLonLIFETIME pic.twitter.com/k9VyDYQ8iU— Sky Blue FC (@SkyBlueFC) May 13, 2017
Kerr ended any opportunity for a Dash comeback with an 87th-minute goal to put Sky Blue up 3-1.
87' @samkerr1 with the goal for @SkyBlueFC off an assist from McKenzie Meehan. #HOUvNJ pic.twitter.com/PNcRQSmihQ— NWSL (@NWSL) May 13, 2017
After a difficult start to open the match, Kealia Ohai switched flanks late in the first half, in an attempt to reset Houston attack with a favorable 1v1 matchup against Erin Simon. Ohai exploited her matchup against Simon in the 76th minute, beating the defender with her speed to set-up Houston's lone goal of the match. Ohai played the ball across the face of goal to an open Poliana, who slotted home her second goal of the season past Sheridan.
76' And here's a look at the @HoustonDash's first goal, as Poliana's shot hits the bottom right corner. #HOUvNJ pic.twitter.com/Duqncrq2iX— NWSL (@NWSL) May 13, 2017
Houston was unable to put together any quality chances until the second half, an attack ignited by the return of Andressa, who came on as a substitute for Morgan Brian in the 61st minute. The Dash had a numerous amount of chances throughout the final portion of the match, Janine Beckie placed a shot off the crossbar in the 48th minute, Andressa had a strike from beyond the 18-yard-box stopped by a diving Sheridan, and a Poliana header was cleared off the line by Mandy Freeman.
Sky Blue midfielder Sarah Killion entered the match as the NWSL leader in goals and added her fourth of the season to open the scoring in the 32nd minute. Dash midfielder Nichelle Prince launched an aimless challenge, taking down Kerr in the box with a kick to the face, a play that resulted in a Sky Blue penalty kick.
Killion calmly stepped up to the spot and tucked home her finish into the far corner as Lydia Williams went in the opposite direction.
32' Sarah Killion converts the penalty with a right-footed shot to the bottom right corner for @SkyBlueFC. pic.twitter.com/u6zmC0wEEN— NWSL (@NWSL) May 13, 2017
With the loss, Houston’s record drops to 2-3-0. The Dash close out their two-game series against Sky Blue FC, next Saturday at Yurcak Field.
Dash Starting XI: Williams; Roccaro, Bruna, Van Wyk, Levin; Brooks; Beckie, Brian; Prince, Daly, Ohai#NWSLonLifetime pic.twitter.com/lT9ThjFJ3P— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) May 13, 2017
Today's Starting XI presented by @HMHNewJersey. Tune in now for the #NWSLonLIFETIME! pic.twitter.com/PXvvdaB9ZT— Sky Blue FC (@SkyBlueFC) May 13, 2017