Sep 7, 2013
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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Houston Soccer held a 1-0 lead into the final minute of regulation until Cal State Northridge found the back of the net to tie it at 1-1 and force overtime, eventually earning a 2-1 win over the Cougars on Friday evening at the Matador Soccer Field.
Houston, playing in its second straight overtime game, fell to 1-2-1 on the year with the loss, while Cal State Northridge (1-4-0) picked up its first win of 2013.
A Matador goal in the 96th minute of play in overtime that was saved by senior keeper Cami Koski was deflected off Koski to find the foot of Brittanie Sakajian, who would seal the win for Cal State Northridge after the home squad evened the score in the final minute of regulation following a goal by Breanna McCallum.
A contested match all evening long resulted in 35 total shots, 11 saves, and seven offsides between the two teams combined.
At the 72-minute mark, junior Kayla Walker drained her second goal of the season to lift the Cougars to a 1-0 lead late in the second half. Senior Jasmine Martinez was credited with her second assist of the year on a long ball that found the foot of Walker for the chip in.
Houston and Cal State Northridge were all knotted up at 0-0 following a gutsy halftime effort by both squads. The Matadors came out firing, but senor keeper Cami Koski continued her impressive ways in the net, collecting five saves in the first 45 minutes.
Houston finished the night with five shots, led by Walker's two. Koski (0-1-1) would suffer her first loss in goal this season, playing all 97 minutes of action in goal, collecting eight saves. Cal State Northridge keeper Cynthia Tafoya earned her first win of the year in goal, tallying two saves.
POST-GAME QUOTE | Head Coach Chris Pfau
"We are competing better each game and tonight there were flashes of some nice things, but it is still not good enough and where we need to be. Right now I just think we need games to find our rhythm and get comfortable with each other. If we keep getting better each game, I think we will be ready for our conference."
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.
The Cougars will continue their California tour on Sunday when they travel to San Diego State to face off in a 2 p.m. CT game.
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Houston will then return to the Lone Star State and travel across town to Houston Baptist for a 7 p.m. match on Sunday, Sept. 15 before hosting Louisiana-Lafayette at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Carl Lewis Complex for Senior Day.