KC Recap 5-23-21

Dash play to 2-2 draw with Kansas City

The Houston Dash picked up their first point of the season with a back-and-forth 2-2 draw with Kansas City NWSL this evening at a rainy BBVA Stadium.

Forward Rachel Daly broke the team scoring record in all competitions with her 29th career scoring strike, while defender Megan Oyster reached a personal milestone by making her 100th start in NWSL regular-season play. Oyster became the fourth player in league history to start in every one of her first 100 appearances.

Kansas City struck first through captain Amy Rodriguez in the 13th minute. The visitors won the ball near midfield and quickly counterattacked, getting the ball to Rodriguez and then out wide to Mallory Weber on the right flank. Weber centered the ball back to the penalty spot for Rodriguez, who slid to put the ball away.

Daly pulled Houston level in the 60th minute when she headed in a cross from defender Allysha Chapman, breaking the team scoring record across all competitions in the process. The goal was Daly’s 29th in all competitions, which broke a tie with Kealia Watt (2014-19) on 28. Daly has scored 25 goals in regular season matches, leaving her three shy of Watt’s record in league play.

The Dash took the lead six minutes later off another headed goal, this one from midfielder Shea Groom. Groom’s goal came off a corner kick from midfielder Kristie Mewis. The corner curled toward the back post where Groom dove to head it down into the turf and on into the back of the net.

The visitors snatched a point in stoppage time when center back Taylor Leach headed in a cross from Mariana Larroquette to level the score at two goals apiece.

The match capped off the inaugural Dynamo Charities Week, which highlights the work that the Club and its community outreach arm do throughout the Houston area. A number of the Club’s corporate partners committed to donations based on the performance of the Dash and Houston Dynamo FC, and between Saturday’s Dynamo match and Sunday’s Dash contest, more than $7,000 was raised in corporate donations. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell was credited with four saves which earned a total of $2,000 courtesy of BBVA.

After an announcement from NWSL earlier on Sunday, the Dash will continue what is now a three-game homestand Wednesday night when they host the Washington Spirit at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The match was originally slated to be played at Segra Field in Washington, D.C., but construction delays forced the last-minute move. Houston will then close out the homestand on Saturday, May 29 when they welcome Watt and the Chicago Red Stars for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.