>HOUSTON -- The Houston Soccer team hustled and bustled its way to a 4-1 victory over Northern Arizona, Sunday evening at Carl Lewis Complex.
How It Happened
In front of a crowd of 444 spectators, the Houston Cougar soccer team got off to a strong start led by stellar, freshman Jazmin Grant. Grant knocked in the first goal of her collegiate career at the two minute mark off an assist from Hannah Dauzat. That would not be the last of Grant, as she went on to score the second goal of the night inside the 10th minute, giving Houston a 2-0 lead with over 80 minutes to play.
Dauzat would net her first goal of the 2017 season inside the 70th minute after the ball was deflected off an NAU defender. The goal marks Dauzat's first goal of the season and fifth of her career.
Northern Arizona knocked in a goal inside the 81st minute following a corner kick, cutting the Houston lead to three and preventing a shutout.
With a 3-1 lead in hand Kaitlyn Wild joined the scoring frenzy, netting the first goal of her career inside the 86th minute and extending the Houston lead to three.
Just for Kicks
Eight different Cougars recorded goals during the match, led by Grant and Claire Salazar with two shots each. Although, Houston was outshot by the Lumberjacks 15 to 9, the Cougars showed more efficiency with 46 percent of their shots landing on target.
Saving the Day
Rachel Estopare and Kaitlin Sterner split time in goal for Houston, racking up six saves. Estopare maintained her perfect save percentage, improving to 2-0 on the season after recording four saves. Sterner had an eventful night in the box, tallying up a pair of timely deflections inside the 53rd and 64th minutes.
Defense is the Name of the Game
The Cougars put up a strong defensive showing, allowing only one goal from NAU. Margo McEntire capped off a strong defensive effort by the Cougars with a blocked shot in the opening frame, protecting the Houston lead heading into the break.
- Houston will head into its third match of the season with only one goal allowed, and holding opponents to under 10 shots per period.
- Last season the Cougars scored a total of 21 goals. Houston currently sits at seven goals this season with 17 matches left in the regular season.
- This is the second consecutive season that Houston has gotten off to a 2-0 start.
Houston will head out on the road for the remainder of August, starting with a matchup with Cal-State Northridge Aug. 24 in Los Angeles.
The Houston ticket office is proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2017-18 athletic season. For just $80, Cougar fans can purchase one Shasta Pass, which allows season-long general admission entrance to all Houston Soccer, Women's Basketball, Volleyball and Softball home games. Single-game tickets start at $5. To purchase a Shasta Pass, CLICK HERE.
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