Kealia Ohai continued her torrid goal-scoring streak up top for the Houston Dash, notching two before Carli Lloyd looped a long-range shot over an off-her-line Jami Kranich, defeating the Boston Breakers 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Boston's lone goal came from Natasha Dowie in 2nd half stoppage time, and didn't make the 3 goals conceded feel much better. Coach Matt Beard and Dowie were candid after the match, admitting that the performance had dipped below their recent standard.
On the other side of the equation, Dash forward Kealia Ohai and Coach Randy Waldrum were very pleased to talk about their win. Ohai, Captain of the Dash at just 24, is one of the brightest young talents in the league, and seems sure to get a look with the USWNT (well, she should) after spending time with the U23 side of late. She already seems to know how to be a dangerous target for Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian, who've only recently returned to supplement Ohai's normal partner in crime, Rachel Daly. The Dash have taken a while to find their form, but could do some damage in the final run-in to the playoffs.
Carli Lloyd returned to her club side and promptly delivered a winning performance, connecting play, dropping back and holding up balls, slotting dangerous passes through seams and even lifting a goal over a rapidly retreating Jami Kranich to put the game out of reach.
She talked about a lot of these things, but I somehow managed to not press record until she'd answered 6 or 8 questions already. Fortunately, I did eventually notice and we've got some quality reflections on her performance. Afterwards, she spoke at length about the retiring Heather O'Reilly, which you can see by clicking over here.