Earthquakes 2, Dynamo 0

Steven Lenhart and Simon Dawkins scored second-half goals to

power the San Jose Earthquakes to their third consecutive home

victory, 2-0 over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.

Lenhart split two defenders to reach a 40-yard cross from Steven

Beitashour and sent a powerful header past goalkeeper Tally Hall in

the 69th minute. Dawkins scored in injury time off an assist by Sam

Cronin.

San Jose (4-4-4), unbeaten in its last five matches, is back to

.500 for the first time since April 2.

The loss extended Houston’s winless streak to seven matches. The

Dynamo dropped to 3-5-6.

San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch made a couple of critical stops on

headers from forward Cam Weaver in the final minutes to preserve

the lead. Lenhart also helped out on defense, blocking midfielder

Colin Clark’s 90th-minute shot from inside the penalty box while

Busch scrambled to get back on his line.

For Lenhart, a draft-day acquisition by San Jose, it was his

first goal as a member of the Earthquakes. He appeared to score in

San Jose’s 3-0 victory against Columbus on May 14, but the goal was

later ruled to have been deflected in by teammate Brandon

McDonald.

There was no question about this goal, which became Beitashour’s

first career MLS assist.

Dawkins, playing his first match since undergoing surgery May 5

to relieve compartment syndrome in both calves, got free behind the

Houston defense as the Dynamo were desperately pushing for a tying

goal. The Tottenham Hotspur loanee slotted his shot from 14 yards

past the helpless Hall.