Aug 25, 2013
HOUSTON -- Facing a very testy Georgia offense, Houston Soccer wasn't able to answer the offensive prowess of the Bulldogs, falling 2-0, in its home opener at Carl Lewis Complex on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, Houston fell to 1-1-0 on the year, while Georgia evened its record at 1-1-0 with the shutout.
Georgia's offense came alive in today's contest when it posted 27 shots to Houston's one on the afternoon. The Cougars' defense was worked as well as both senior goalkeepers Sydney George and Cami Koski - each playing a half, respectively - tallying 10 total saves combined.
The lone Houston shot came off the foot of freshman Tiffani Echeverria, which flew just high of the crossbar late in the second half.
Georgia grabbed the early lead on a Nikki Hill goal, unassisted, off a free kick at the 23-minute mark in the first half. The Bulldogs kept chipping away with shots until Rachel Garcia found the back of an empty net, assisted by Gabby Seiler, at the 44-minute mark to put Georgia up 2-0.
Holding a 2-0 lead at halftime, Georgia continued extend its lead with 17-second half shots, but Koski, who took over for George in the second half, racked up six saves and keep the Bulldogs off the score board in the final 45 minutes of action.
Georgia keeper Caitlin Woody (1-1-0) picked up her first win in goal this season, while Houston's George (1-1-0) allowed two goals and collected four saves for her first loss as keeper.
Of Georgia's 27 shots, 12 landed on goal. The Bulldogs tallied five corner kicks to the Cougars' one.
Head Coach Chris Pfau
"One of the things I was concerned about early in preseason was that we came in fit and excited about getting the season going and I was worried that we would not be able to keep that up through preseason and into the first couple of weekends. I believe right now that is where we are - tired and not sharp. You could see it Friday night and we got lucky that we gutted that game out to get the win. Today it was the same thing, tired and standing around waiting for things to happen. And against a very good Georgia team, they will punish you."
"Now as a coaching staff we have to sit back and look out how we are training and prepare for the next game. How we can stay sharp, but start getting our legs back and mentally get ourselves ready."
2013 SEASON TICKETS
A season ticket package is available for $50 and is good for all remaining six home matches. The tickets are also part of a flexible ticket package that is good for any game. With the flexible ticket package, fans are given the opportunity to either use one ticket for each home game or multiple tickets to a few games.
Tickets can be purchased at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office in the Athletics/Alumni Center or on the phone at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.UHCougars.com.
Houston will continue its homestand when it welcomes Stephen F. Austin to Carl Lewis Complex on Friday, Aug. 30. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.