Aug 30, 2013
HOUSTON -- Houston Soccer played SFA to a double-overtime draw on Friday evening at Carl Lewis Complex as the Cougar defense came up big against the Ladyjacks, who entered the game ranked fourth in regional rankings.
The overtime tie at 0-0 improved Houston's record to 1-1-1 on the year, while SFA moved to 2-0-1.
Despite only connecting on six total shots, the Cougars placed two on goal by junior Kelsey Zamora and sophomore Meghan Brascia. With two seconds remaining in the second and final overtime, Brascia's shot was the most accurate attempt at goal for Houston - nearly clearing the net to give Houston the win.
Houston senior keeper Cami Koski played all 120 minutes in goal, collecting nine saves and her Houston Soccer program-best 16th shutout.
Held to a 0-0 draw in the opening 45 minutes, Koski made six saves on 11 SFA shot attempts to keep the game scoreless.
After being held without a shot in the opening half, the Cougars came out of the gates with a fire by Zamora that was saved in goal by SFA keeper Morgan Glick.
The defensive intensity rose as both teams forced contested shots down the stretch. SFA tallied four total shots in the two overtimes, while Houston had one.
Leading the way in shots for Houston was Zamora with two, one on goal, while sophomore McKhenzie Raines, junior Kayla Walker and senior Jasmine Martinez all added shots to accompany Brascia's shot on goal.
SFA's Glick played all 120 minutes at keeper, tallying two saves, while Chelsea Raymond led the offensive charge with eight shots, six landing on goal.
The Ladyjacks recorded six corner kicks to Houston's one, while SFA had four offsides and the Cougars had one.
Koski's record in goal moved to 0-0-1 with her first start of the year and first shutout of 2013.
The backend of Houston's defense in senior Danielle Munoz and freshman Shayne Clewett, along with sophomore Courtney Dudley were equally impressive - holding SFA scoreless - a team that has wins over Rice and Texas State thus far this season.
Head Coach Chris Pfau
"I thought we responded very well from last weekend. We knew this was going to be a tough game because of the way SFA plays and I thought we did a good job of competing with them. Last season we lost 2-0 and to get a result like this shows that we are doing the right things and moving in the right direction. They are ranked No. 4 in our region and this result hopefully will give us confidence moving forward. We had a great team effort and a lot of players really did a great job; Cami Koski and Courtney Dudley really stepped up well and did some great things for us tonight."
2013 SEASON TICKETS
A season ticket package is available for $50 and is good for all remaining five 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 travels to California to take on Cal State Northridge at 9:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 6 and San Diego State at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday, Sept. 8.