Sept. 18, 2009
HOUSTON - The University of Houston soccer team concluded its non-conference schedule with a 1-0 loss to Stephen F. Austin Friday night at Robertson Stadium.
In a scoreless first half, Houston outshot the Ladyjacks 3-2 while both teams tallied a shot on goal. The Cougars had their first chance to get on the board in the ninth minute of the game when freshman forward Katelyn Rhodes took a shot between the posts. SFA net minder Courtney Bauder was able to save the goal not allowing Rhodes to capitalize on her efforts.
Competition was fierce after halftime as both teams battled to break the stalemate. SFA set the pace for the rest of the game when senior forward Brenna Crockett tallied a shot on goal within the first minute of the second half. Less than four minutes into the half, senior forward Nikki Echeverria gave Houston a glimmer of hope as she shot at the net. Unfortunately for the Cougars, Bauder was able to stop the ball, tallying her second save of the game.
Houston keeper Lauren Frazier defended the goal with three saves in the second half before allowing SFA to score in the 75th minute. After a back-and-forth battle in the goal box, freshman midfielder Kylie Louw shot the ball, which deflected off a Houston player and continued into the net. The lone goal of the game was Louw's second of the season as sophomore forward Kim Kimmel notched her first assist.
For the remainder of the game, Houston shut down the SFA offense, as the Ladyjacks were unable to get another shot off.
"Defense it the strongest part of our game right now," head coach Susan Bush said. "We have a couple players that we can sub in and the level doesn't drop."
Houston tallied three more shots on goal including a last-chance effort by Echeverria in the 87th minute.
The loss drops UH to 2-5 on the season while SFA betters its record to 3-4.
The Cougars have Sunday off before commencing conference play on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. against Marshall in Huntington, W. Va.