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July 16, 2016
Houston ends drought with big win

Soccer News Net staff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Estefania Banini scored twice as the Washington Spirit took a 3-2 win over defending NWSL champion FC Kansas City before a 2,013 crowd Saturday night.

Joanna Lohman scored her fourth goal of the season for the Spirit (8-7-2, 26 points). Frances Silva and Shea Groom scored for FC Kansas City (3-6-4, 13 points).

In the second minute of first half stoppage time, the Spirit grabbed the lead, Nairn’s free kick headed by Kansas City to Banini, who wove through defenders and slotted a shot past Nicole Barnhart into the bottom right corner of the net.

In the 69th minute, Tymrak’s corner to the far post was headed in by Silva.

In the 83rd minute, Averbuch headed out a Nairn corner kick, Banini who volleying from outside the penalty area past Barnhart to the upper left corner of the net.

Groom converted in the 91st minute after a Brianne Reed throw-in, finishing past Kelsey Wys from close range.
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ORLANDO -- The Chicago Red Stars snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Orlando Pride at Camping World Stadium Saturday night.

Taylor Comeau scored her first professional goal and Michele Dalton earned her first shutout of the season for the Red Stars (6-4-3, 21 points). The Pride (6-7-0, 18 points) lost its second home game of the season.

Chicago grabbed the lead as Sofia Huerta swung in a cross from the right, Comeau powering a header in at the near post.
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SEATTLE --- Jess McDonald scored just before halftime to lift the Western New York Flash to a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Reign at Memorial Stadium.

The Reign (4-4-5), opened the scoring in the third minute as Manon Melis put one past the outstretched right hand of Flash goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland.

From there, Western New York (8-4-1) controlled most of the game, and almost had an equalizer when
Lianne Sanderson crossed a ball deep into the 6-yard box that found the head of captain Abby Erceg in the 2th minute’, and the ball found the back of the net. However, the goal was quickly called back when one of the assistant referees called Erceg offside.

The Flash were able to find a break in the Seattle defense in the 45th, as Jaelene Hinkle crossed a corner kick to the far side of the 6-yard box that found the head of Abby Dahlkemper. Dahlkemper nodded it back to the far post, where McDonald headed it past Tostanoski and into the back of the net.

McDonald’s tally was her sixth of the season, putting her within one of teammate Lynn Williams on the National Women’s Soccer League leaderboard.

HOUSTON – The Houston Dash picked up their third victory of the season Saturday by defeating Portland Thorns FC 3-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The game winning goal came in the 7th minute when Rachel Daly found Kealia Ohai making a run along the right flank. The team captain dribbled into the box and delivered a cross intended for Melissa Henderson. The cross missed Henderson but Daly struck it at the edge of the six-yard box for her second goal of the season.

This was the first goal Houston scored since May 7 against FC Kansas City, a span of 567 minutes. This was also the first victory for the club after losing six consecutive games by identical 1-0 score lines.

The second goal of the game came in the 68th minute when Rebecca Moros found Amber Brooks inside the six-yard box. The midfielder scored her first goal with the club with a shot to the near post.

Ohai scored her first goal of the season in the 83rd minute when she dribbled into the box and beat Thorns goalkeeper Michelle Betos at the far post.

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