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Bethany Balcer now tied for first in the Golden Boot race

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Bethany Balcer struck early, becoming the difference maker for the OL Reign in their 1-0 win over the Houston Dash.

Balcer claimed her seventh goal of the season in the seventh minute, the only time anyone would score all game.

With the goal, the forward is now tied with Sydney Leroux, Ashley Hatch and Ifeoma Onumonu in the race for the Golden Boot. Just one back sits Lynn Williams, while four players have five goals apiece, including Balcer’s teammate, Megan Rapinoe.

Balcer has a chance to take the sole lead in the race when the Reign play Louisville on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.