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Lenhart sparks San Jose over Houston

Jun 5, 2011 - 5:06 AM Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - Steven Lenhart made certain the San Jose Earthquakes did not miss leading scorer Chris Wondolowski on Saturday night.

Lenhart scored his first goal this season in the 69th minute, and San Jose won 2-0 over the Houston Dynamo at Buck Shaw Stadium in Major League Soccer.

Wondolowski had scored 25 of San Jose's last 40 goals, but with him away with the U.S. national team, Lenhart scored his first goal with the Earthquakes off a diving header from 12 yards.

Lenhart thought he scored his first goal for San Jose earlier this season, but the goal was later credited to teammate Brandon McDonald. The former Columbus Crew striker left no doubt this time.

Steven Beitashour's long cross floated into the penalty area and Lenhart split Houston defenders Hunter Freeman and Bobby Boswell to reach the ball and dove to power a header into the bottom-right corner past Houston goalie Tally Hall.

Simon Dawkins, who returned from surgery to play for the first time since May 5, turned a pass from Sam Cronin past Hall to the bottom-right corner in extra time to seal San Jose's win. Dawkins' goal was his third of the season.

San Jose goalie Jon Busch made five saves for his third shutout of the season.

The Earthquakes (4-4-4) won their third straight at home, and are now unbeaten in five consecutive matches. Houston (3-5-6) is winless in seven straight.

San Jose will try to build on the win at D.C. United on June 11, when Houston hosts Chivas USA in its next match.