FC Kansas City won its second straight game on Saturday after starting the season winless through three, dominating the Houston Dash 4-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Liz Bogus opened the scoring in the 12th minute, finishing a through ball from 2013 league MVP Lauren Holiday. Amy Rodriguez then doubled the scoring with an early second-half goal, powering a shot past Dash goalkeeper Erin McLeod in the 48th minute. The goal gives Rodriguez four in the first five games of the season after missing all of 2013 due to pregnancy.
A pair of second-half substitutes then gave the Blues added a pair of late insurance goals.
First, 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak scored in the 80th minute, cutting through Houston’s defense and firing a hard shot into the near upper corner 19 minutes after entering the match for her first goal of the season. Frances Silva then added to Houston’s pain with an 89th minute strike, just nine minutes after entering the match.
Those final two goals against the Dash came with a player advantage after Houston defender Osinachi Ohale was sent off in the 58th minute for bringing down Rodriguez. Ohale was deemed to be the last defender.
FC Kansas City is back in action on Wednesday on the road vs. the Western New York Flash, while the Dash are off until Sunday, May 11 on the road vs. the Chicago Red Stars.
Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City
May 3, 2014 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
NWSL Regular Season
Scoring by period
FC Kansas City
Kansas City: Liz Bogus 13
Kansas City: Amy Rodriguez (Lauren Holiday) 48
Kansas City: Erika Tymrak 80
Kansas City: Frances Silva (Lauren Holiday) 89
Houston Dash: Erin McLeod; Arianna Romero, Osinachi Ohale (ejection 59), Marissa Diggs, Kika Toulouse; Becky Edwards, Kaylyn Kyle, Ella Masar (Rafaelle Souza 66); Kealia Ohai, Tiffany McCarty (Jordan Jackson 46), Stephanie Ochs (Holly Hein 64)
Unused Substitutes: Bianca Henninger, Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Elston, Dominique Richardson
TOTAL SHOTS: 5 (Stephanie Ochs 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players with 1); FOULS: 8 (Kalyn Kyle, Arianna Romero 2); OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5 (Kika Toulouse 4); SAVES: 10 (Erin McLeod 8 )
FC Kansas City: Nicole Barnhart; Becky Saurbrunn, Kassy Kallman, Nikki Phillips, Leigh Ann Robinson; Jen Buczkowski, Jenna Richmond; Merritt Mathias (Frances Silva 80), Lauren Holiday, Liz Bogus (Erika Tymrak 61); Amy Rodriguez (Melissa Henderson 83)
Unused Substitutes: Sarah Keane, Morgan Marlborough, Nia Williams
TOTAL SHOTS: 23 (Lauren Holiday 9); SHOTS ON GOAL: 15 (Lauren Holiday 6); FOULS: 3 (Amy Rodriguez 2); OFFSIDE: 4 (Amy Rodriguez 2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Lauren Holiday 2); SAVES: 3 (Nicole Barnhart 3)
HOU: Osinachi Ohale (ejection) 58
HOU: Holly Hein (caution) 72
Referee: Juliana Duncan
Referee Assistants: Jennifer Garner, Deleana Quan
Fourth Official: Samantha Moos
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