Temple Tops Houston Soccer in American Opener, 2-0
Sept. 26, 2013
FINAL | Philadelphia, Pa.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Playing in its first American Athletic Conference match, Houston Soccer fell 2-0 to Temple at the Ambler Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon to drop to 1-3-3 on the year and 0-1-0 in league play.
The Cougars (1-3-3, 0-1-0 American) allowed a goal in each half to the Temple Owls (6-3-1, 1-0-0 American) in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Houston outshot Temple, 11-9, but it was the crafty work by the Owls that sent two shots between the bars for the win. The Cougars were led offensively by junior Alexis Weaver, who fired off four of the 11 shots taken. She was followed by senior Jasmine Martinez with two shots, while sophomores Sydnie Green, Courtney Dudley, Meghan Brascia and junior Kayla Walker all fired off a shot on goal apiece.
Temple totaled five shots on goal and broke up a 0-0 stalemate in the 23rd-minute on a goal by Kelly Farrell - her first of the season, assisted by Paige Rachel - her second of the season.
Holding on to a 1-0 lead into halftime and into much of the final 45 minutes of play, Temple would break open the match with a late goal in the 86th minute to extend its lead to 2-0 on a goal by Rachel.
Houston would fire off back-to-back shots on goal off the foots of Walker and Brascia within a seven-minute span down the stretch and down 1-0, but both were saved by Temple keeper Shauni Kerkhoff to keep Temple on top.
Cougar senior goalkeeper Cami Koski suffered the loss in goal to fall to 0-2-2 on the year. The two-time American Goalkeeper of the Week made three saves in her 90 minutes of action.
With the start in goal, Koski went on to tie the Houston Soccer program record with 51 starts at goalie for the Cougars. She joins Shelby Scott (2005-08) with her fourth start of the season and No. 51 of her four-year career.
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