Oct. 6, 2013
HOUSTON -- Houston Soccer battled league-leader Louisville to a 1-0 heartbreaking loss on Sunday afternoon in American Athletic Conference play at the Carl Lewis Complex.
The Cougars fell to 1-6-3 overall and 0-4 in conference action this season, while the Cardinals stayed undefeated against league foes with a perfect 4-0 record and a 8-3-1 overall mark.
Houston's defense managed to hold a potent Louisville offense to just one goal in the match. The last time the Cardinals were held to one goal or less in an entire 90 minutes was back on Sept. 15 vs. UTSA - where they also won 1-0. The Cougars went on to notch their fifth game of the season holding an opponent to one goal or less.
The Cougars and Cardinals played to a 0-0 draw in the opening 45 minutes, which saw Houston take one shot, but managed a steady defense to keep Louisville off the scoreboard. In goal, senior Cami Koski continued her strong play - tallying seven of her nine saves in the first half.
Louisville took advantage of an open goal in the 72nd minute to net the game's lone score off the foot of Casey Whitfield, her sixth goal of the season, assisted by Christine Exeter for the 1-0 lead. That lone goal stood worthy as Houston wasn't able to connect on seven of its second-half shots.
Koski played all 90 minutes inside the posts - with nine saves, while Louisville keeper Paige Brown racked up three saves in her 90 minutes of action for the win to improve to 8-3-1.
Head Coach Chris Pfau
"We played a great team today in Louisville. They are picked to win our league and are averaging 3.5 goals a game in conference games. We knew it was not going to be easy, but we showed a lot of character and played a very good game. We are showing flashes of great things and getting just a little better game after game. We just need to continue to learn how to compete week in and week out against some of the top teams in the country as we head down the stretch. As a coach, that is all you can ask for and we continue to build on things from the week before."
Houston will travel to Rutgers on Thursday, Oct. 10 for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff, followed by a 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 start at Memphis.
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.