Sept. 27, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. - After trailing 1-0 to the East Carolina, the University of Houston soccer team came back to score two goals in the final to 10 minutes of the game to defeat the Pirates Sunday afternoon at Bunting Field.
The win is Houston's (3-6, 1-1 C-USA) first road victory since the Cougars beat Southern Miss 1-0 on Oct. 17, 2008. The game is a benchmark for UH as it is the first triumph over East Carolina (6-2-2, 1-1 C-USA) in program history. The all-time series now stands at 1-6.
East Carolina scored early in the first half when freshman midfielder Rachel Wechsler passed to sophomore forward Amanda Malkiewicz who found an opening and beat out Cougar net minder Lauren Frazier in the fourth minute of the game. The goal marked Malkiewicz's fourth of the season.
With the end in sight, the Cougars had to act fast to salvage the game. In the 80th minute, sophomore forward Jessica Zavalza approached the goal. As Pirate keeper Jen Kurowicki came out to battle for the ball, it deflected off her gloves. Freshman forward Katelyn Rhodes controlled the loose ball and sent it into the net, tallying her first career goal.
The game was knotted 1-1 with five minutes left of regulation play. Sophomore Stephanie Derieg launched a long pass down the field that Zavalza received and beat Kurowicki to get the final goal of the game.
The goal marked the Santa Ana Calif., native's second game winning goal of the season and the fifth of her career. This is the first time that Zavalza notched both a goal and an assist in the same game.
Derieg claimed her first assist of the season, totaling four career assists.
The Cougars continue their road stand next weekend when they travel to Tulsa Oct. 2 and then to Dallas, Texas to face SMU the following Sunday.