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OCT 27
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Hagen scores twice, Dash beat Breakers 3-1
The Dash snapped a two-game losing streak with the win
Houston Dash forward Sarah Hagen scored twice in the 3-1 win over the Boston Breakers in Week 17. (Photo credit: Amy Pearson/isiphotos.com)
Houston Dash forward Sarah Hagen scored twice in the 3-1 win over the Boston Breakers in Week 17. (Photo credit: Amy Pearson/isiphotos.com)

The Houston Dash snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Boston Breakers on the road on Saturday night.

 

Dash forward Sarah Hagen scored twice and forward Janine Beckie added another as the Dash improved to 7-9-2 with 23 points, four points out of the final playoff spot.

 

The Dash scored first, in the 10th minute of the game as Hagen tallied her first of the match. Beckie sent a cross into the box and Houston forward Rachel Daly collided with Boston goalkeeper Abby Smith as the two made a play for the ball. Hagen pushed the loose ball into the net to make it 1-0.

 

Daly and Smith were down on the field for a moment, but both players stayed in the game and played the full 90 minutes.

 

The Breakers equalized in the 26th minute when Natasha Dowie headed home a perfectly placed cross by rookie Margaret Purce.

 

 

In the 64th minute, rookie Nichelle Prince sent a long through ball to the feet of Beckie, who then roofed her shot over Smith to make it 2-1.

 

 

In the 79th minute, Hagen earned her brace and sealed the win. Andressinha dribbled through the midfield, and pushed a ball out wide to Poliana. Poliana then sent a dangerous cross into the box, but Smith was able to push it away from the onrushing Daly. The rebound, however, went to Hagen, who finished it to make the score 3-1.  

 

 

The two goals were Hagen’s first two of the season.

 

The Dash were without midfielder Carli Lloyd, who is out with a left ankle sprain suffered on Sunday night in the loss to FC Kansas City.

 

With the loss, the Breakers fell to 3-8-7 on the season. They have not won since a 1-0 win over the Washington Spirit on July 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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