Kristen Hamilton, Rachel Daly deliver game-winners in Current, Dash wins


Kansas City and the Houston Dash collected three points each in the Challenge Cup standings, with both clubs pulling out hard-fought wins on Friday night.

First, the Dash came back from a two-goal deficit to overcome Racing Louisville 3-2 at Lynn Family Stadium.

Louisville opened up scoring with Kirsten Davis scoring her first career goal to put her side up 1-0 in the 16th minute.

Jessica McDonald doubled Louisville’s lead in the 40th minute, volleying in an artful shot over Jane Campbell for the forward’s first goal in a Louisville uniform.

The Dash came out after the half on the attack, with a pair of goals from Marisa Viggiano and María Sánchez equalizing the game at 2-2.

The game’s decisive goal came in the 64th minute when Rachel Daly drew a foul in the box before converting from the line to hand the Dash the 3-2 win.

Kansas City also stamped a come-from-behind win on Friday, defeating the Red Stars 2-1.

Chicago opened up scoring with Vanessa DIBernardo firing a deflected long-range shot past Adrianna Franch to take the lead.

The Current’s equalizer came in the 58th minute when Hailie Mace struck a banger past Alyssa Naeher to put the game at 1-1.

Kansas City’s game-winner came in the 86th minute off another brilliant play by Mace. The Current defender looped the ball over Chicago’s backline to find Kristen Hamilton, who beat Naeher one-on-one to secure the game for her side.

The Current sits atop the Central Division standings, while the Dash moves to third following Friday’s wins.