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Houston Dash vs Sky Blue FC Final Score: Dash lose in heartbreaking fashion

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Raquel Rodriguez scores late to lead Sky Blue FC to victory.

Dash vs Sky Blue 2017
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Houston dropped their third straight match and the second of their two-game set against Sky Blue 2-1 at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ.

For a majority of the second half, the two teams went back and forth in search of three points.

Sky Blue attacking midfielder Raquel Rodriguez scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute, to end Houston's hopes for a draw or late victory. Daphne Corboz lofted a free-kick towards the far post, the ball fell to Rodriguez's feet and she placed home an easy finish past Lydia Williams.

Kealia Ohai continued her battle against Erin Simon, a matchup that created Houston's lone goal last week. A minute after Rodriguez’s goal, Ohai beat Simon and sent a perfectly weighted ball across the face of goal and in the direction of a streaking Melissa Henderson, but the 27-year-old forward was unable to get a touch on the ball to equalize for Houston.

Henderson made her first appearance of the season for the Dash entering in the match for Nichelle Prince in the 71st minute. Randy Waldrum shuffled the backline of his starting eleven playing Rachel Daly and Poliana as fullbacks and Cami Privett and Cari Roccaro in the center.

The Dash conceded a penalty kick in the 19th minute. Rodriguez was fouled from behind by Amber Brooks in the penalty area after Houston’s backline failed to clear the ball away from danger. In a mirror result from the penalty kick scored by Sky Blue in last week's contest, Sarah Killion side-footed the ball into the bottom left corner as Williams went in the wrong direction.

Williams made a crucial save in the 68th minute to stop Sam Kerr's header from point-blank range. The terrific save to rob her fellow Australian international of a goal will likely earn Williams an NWSL Save of the Week nomination.

Andressa scored Houston’s lone goal of the match to equalize before halftime. Ohai made a run around Simon, cut across the end line and received a gracious deflection on her pass to find Andressa alone in the area. The midfielder fired an initial strike off the post, followed her shot and placed a left-footed rebound attempt into the back of the net.

With the loss, Houston’s record falls to 2-4-0. The Dash will look to end their three-game losing streak against Seattle Reign FC next Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 pm CT.

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