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Houston Dash travel to Seattle to face Reign

Dash ready to build on last week’s win.

Houston Dash vs Seattle Reign 5-23-18
Trask Smith

The Houston Dash are on the road this weekend against the Seattle Reign. On Saturday the Dash will be looking for back-to-back wins as well as their second win of the season over the Reign.

The Dash are coming off of a big 2-1 victory over the Orlando Pride. The Pride looked like the better team for much of the game which included a 22nd minute goal from Alex Morgan. Kealia Ohai scored in the 79th minute to kick off the comeback. Ohai’s cross, which looked to be meant for a teammate, floated towards the post to the top corner of the net out of the reach of goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris as it went in to tie the game. In the 83rd minute the Dash were awarded a penalty kick which was taken by Sofia Huerta. The Dash newcomer converted the kick to give the Dash a 2-1 lead and victory.

The Reign are coming off of a 1-0 victory against rival Portland Thorns. Jodie Taylor scored in the 89th minute to give Seattle the only goal of the game. Not only did the Seattle defense keep the Thorns from scoring but they were also able to prevent the Thorns from having any shots on target in the game. They also kept from conceding any corners to the Thorns.

The Dash defeated the Reign earlier this season for the first time in club history. Rookie Veronica Latsko scored in stoppage time to put the Dash on top of the Reign, 2-1. Seattle had jumped out to an early lead thanks to a goal from Beverly Yanez in the 12th minute. The Dash were able to tie the game in the 68th minute when Kristie Mewis put a left footed strike in the back of the net. The game winning goal came after Thembi Kgatlana made a long run down the left side before playing the ball to Latsko.

In spite of clear improvements this season the Dash have struggled to climb up in the NWSL Standings. They sit in seventh place with 17 points after playing 14 games. The Reign have also played in 14 games but have had much more success than the Dash. They sit in second place in the standings with 23 points.

Things kick off in Seattle at 9 pm CT on Saturday night.