Koski breaks game record with 17 saves in shutout
Sep 8, 2013
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Playing one of the most impressive all-around efforts of the year, Houston Soccer held San Diego State scoreless for the first time this season, finishing in a 0-0 double-overtime draw behind a game-record 17 saves by senior goalkeeper Cami Koski on the road Sunday afternoon at SDSU Sports Deck. in a 0-0 double-overtime draw on the road Sunday afternoon at SDSU Sports Deck.
Houston played to its second shutout of 2013 in its third-straight overtime game - second time finishing as a 0-0 draw. With the tie, the Cougars' record moves to 1-2-2, while San Diego State, who entered the game receiving votes among the nation's Top 25, moved to 1-2-2 as well.
The Aztecs were held scoreless for the first time this season and first time since their Nov. 18, 2012 match vs. then-No. 6 UCLA in the NCAA Tournament - and became the second team the Cougars have faced who were among team's receiving votes. San Diego State entered preseason rankings among the Top 15, slid into the Top 25 after week one, but maintained a national presence into the match with Houston.
Senior goalkeeper Cami Koski broke another Houston Soccer program record with her 17 saves in Sunday's contest - recording nine in the first half, seven in the second half and one in overtime for a single-game record. Her 17 saves surpassed a previous game record, set by three Cougars at 15 saves - last happening by Shelby Scott vs. Texas on Sept. 21, 2007.
Koski's previous career-best was 13 saves, which came last on Sept. 28, 2012 vs. then-No. 10 UCF. With the shutout, the Missouri City, Texas native continues to hold the all-time record with now 17 shutouts in goal.
San Diego State made the game interesting with 17 shots on goal, but the Cougars' defense continued its shutout ways. Houston posted six shots, two landing on goal by junior Kayla Walker and sister redshirt freshman Aja Walker.
Koski played all 110 minutes in goal and improved her record to 0-1-2 on the year with the shutout, while San Diego State goalkeeper Melanie Vaughn is now 1-2-2 with her two saves and shutout.
Head Coach Chris Pfau
"This is one of the most impressive efforts from a team I have seen in a long time. We had every excuse to not show up today after giving up a goal with no time left and losing in OT on Friday, while turning around and playing a team that did not play on Friday and who is nationally ranked. To not only get a result like we did, but to put out that kind of effort shows a lot of character. SDSUU is very talented and put us under a ton of pressure, but we worked together, weathered the storm and at times, started to find some rhythm. This was a great trip in regards that both teams exposed us and made us work for over 90 minutes. This weekend will really help us as we go into conference play."
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 will 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.