Oct. 3, 2013
HOUSTON -- Despite battling all 90 minutes in its first home game in over a month, Houston Soccer came up just short, falling 2-1, to Cincinnati in American Athletic Conference play Thursday evening at the Carl Lewis Complex.
The loss dropped the Cougars' overall record to 1-5-3 and 0-3 in league play, while the Bearcats improved to 6-7 and 2-1 against conference foes.
Houston saw itself within striking distance for the entire second half, down by just one. The Cougars posted an impressive offensive showing in the final 45 minutes with 12 shots and four corner kicks, despite not tallying a successful goal.
The effort was shown after falling down 2-0 to Cincinnati in the early going when the Bearcats netted the game's first two goals off the feet of Katy Couperus and Bailey Wilson at the 26th and 33rd -minutes, respectively.
Junior Alexis Weaver sparked the Houston offense when she drained her first goal of the season and eighth of her career in the 35th minute on an unassisted ball that rebounded off a defender.
Both teams battled to a draw in the final half as the early lead for Cincinnati was upheld down the stretch.
Houston totaled 16 shots, five landing on goal - led by Weaver with six shots and two on goal, while senior Rebekah Horsey added three shots, one on goal and junior Kelsey Zamora fired off two shots on goal.
Senior keeper Cami Koski recorded 10 saves in 90 minutes of action. With that start, she now has 52 goalie starts to her name and a total of 274 career saves - just 30 shy of tying the all-time save record (304) set Shelby Scott from 2005-08.
Cincinnati keeper Natalie Smith recorded four saves for the win to improve to 5-4.
Head Coach Chris Pfau
"I thought tonight was the first time since SFA and the California trip that we showed emotion and played our game. We did some very nice things tonight against a good Cincinnati team. I thought in the second half we came out looking to play and wanting to get on the ball. One of the things that we are learning in this the American Athletic Conference is one bad pass or one bad mistake can cost you a goal. In all three games in conference we gave up the first goal on our mistakes and that is something we have to correct. I think we come out waiting for things to happen. What really impressed me tonight was we continued to play no matter what and we played for each other. This is an incredibly hard schedule and a tougher conference and it is very easy just to give up. This team showed a lot of character and has gotten better the last three games.
Houston will welcome Louisville to the Carl Lewis Complex on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Single-game 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.