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Houston Dash vs Orlando Pride Final Score: Kealia Ohai Lifts Dash Over Pride

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Houston Dash get first home win of the season.

Houston Dash vs Washington Spirit, 8-18-16
Houston Dash vs Washington Spirit, 8-18-16
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The Houston Dash hosted the Orlando Pride for a late afternoon game on Sunday that saw them walk away with their first win at home this season. Thanks to a goal from one Kealia Ohai the Dash moved in to third place in the NWSL Standings. Orlando has struggled to jump start their season and it got even tougher this week with three of their players reporting to the USWNT ahead of the World Cup.

Ohai scored in the seventh minute of the game on a brilliant shot. After being on the receiving end of a long ball the forward cut in past two Orlando defenders. Ohai took a shot with her right foot curling the ball towards the net and past Haley Kopmeyer to put the Dash up 1-0.

It looked like Rachel Hill had leveled things up in the 52nd, but the Pride player was ruled offside causing the goal to be waived off. The Dash nearly scored on the counter attack, but Ohai missed the volley attempt.

Houston was dangerous in the first half getting off 12 shots in the first half. After the hydration break in the 30th minute Orlando began to find their rhythm with Marta having several dangerous at goal. Though they had only four shots in the first half their possession in the first half clocked in at 53.6%. The second half gave way to a more even affair each side had five shots. The biggest difference between the two teams was quality with the chances they had. The Pride had zero shots on goal while Houston had nine.

Next Saturday the Dash are on the road to play Utah Royals FC.

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