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Latsko lifts Dash to first franchise victory over Reign FC

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Dash rookie nets game winner against Seattle

Dash vs Courage 4-28-18
Trask Smith

Following a wild stoppage time period, the Houston Dash defeated Seattle Reign FC 2-1 on Wednesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Rookie midfielder Veronica Latsko netted the game winner in the final minute of stoppage time, to earn Houston’s first victory over Reign FC in franchise history. After Seattle struck the post, the Dash launched a counter attack as Thembi Kgatlana made a long run down the left flank and played the ball to an open Latsko at the top of the box.

Latsko strike took a deflection off Reign FC defender Steph Catley and fell into the far corner past a diving Michelle Betos.

A minute earlier, Jodie Taylor nearly put Seattle ahead, as her late strike fell just wide of the post.

Beverly Yanez opened the scoring with a goal for Reign FC in the 12th minute. Taylor played the ball to a wide-open Yanez near the penalty spot and the Seattle striker slotted home her finish past Jane Campbell.

Houston was unable to create key chances until Kristie Mewis equalized in the 68th minute. Rachel Daly launched a free kick into the box, Mewis failed to direct her header on frame, the ball dropped to her feet and she capitalized with a left-footed strike into the bottom corner.

Campbell had another great performance for Houston making five saves.

With the victory, the Dash move to up seventh place in the NWSL table with a 2-4-4 record for 10 points on the season. Houston will look to start a winning streak as they take on the Washington Spirit on Sunday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.