Sunday, September 02, 2007

Wizards get much needed point

The Wizards got the first goal in a match for the first time since their 2-2 tie with Colorado back in July, but couldn't hold the lead. The tie, though, brings the Wizards a much needed point, especially with Chicago losing to New York last night, it helps to widen the gap between the two clubs.

The match last night had some decent chances for both sides, and the Wizards looked more likely to score than in their match at the midweek against Real Salt Lake. Eddie Johnson had a shot saved by Pat Onstad's foot early in the half. Right as first half stoppage time was about to start, Michael Harrington made a cutting run into the middle and played a perfect ball through to Scott Sealy that beat 4 Houston players. Sealy then played the ball across to Johnson to slotted the ball past Onstad to give the Wizards the half time lead. For the first time in four games, the Wizards did not allow a goal in the last 5 minutes of the half, instead they were the ones scoring in the last 5.

In the second half the play continued to be in the middle of the field for the most part. A shoving match broke out when Sealy checked Ryan Cochrane into the boards. Three Wizards were carded for their roles in the situation, yet no Houston players were given a card. In the 69th minute, Dwayne De Rosario was given way too much space and was able to dribble from the midfield line all the way to the top of the 18 before playing in Joseph Ngwenya, who had beaten Nick Garcia. Ngwenya one timed it past Kevin Hartman at the near post to tie the game at 1. Johnson should have added to his goal total in the second half when he was played in on a break away. Johnson, though, took a mistouch which allowed Houston's Wade Barrett to tackle the ball away before Johnson could get the shot off. The Wizards were able to hold off the Houston attack for the rest of the half and escaped Houston with a point.

3 Stars of the Game
1. Joseph Ngwenya - Houton - Created disorder for KC's defense all night and a class one touch finish to tie the game.
2. Eddie Johnson - KC - Scored his 14th goal of the season to tie him with Luciano Emilio and Juan Pablo Angel for the most goals this season. Should have had his 15th but for his mistouch.
3. Dwayne De Rosario - Houston - Created the tying goal and was dangerous all game.

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