Oct. 14, 2011
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's soccer team took a 2-0 shutout victory against Southern Miss at Robertson Stadium Friday night. Goalkeeper Sydney George anchored the Houston defense, earning her first career shutout.
"The team came out with a totally new prospective," head coach Susan Bush said. "We poke the game down to smaller goals and we achieved it. Every person on the team contributed today, it was a great team effort. We are pleased with the result, and now we look forward to another hard game on Sunday."
Houston struck first as Jasmine Martinez put the Cougars on the board in the 33rd minute following a free kick. Kylie Cook made a quick feed to Martinez who then powered the ball past Golden Eagle keeper Hannah Vanderboegh in the top-left corner of the net for the score. The goal marks the second for Martinez this season.
In the second half the Cougars went up 2-0 following a goal by freshman midfielder Sharis Lachappelle. Stephanie Derieg played the ball into the box, after a Katelyn Rhodes header placed the ball at the feet of Lachappelle, the San Antonio native drove the ball in for her third goal of the season.
Houston outshot Southern Miss 19-4 as they took the decision 2-0.
In the goal for Houston was Sydney George, who recorded her first career shutout. George faced four shots on the night, registering two saves. George improved to 1-3-0 on the season with the victory.
"I just went out and played relaxed," George said. "We have been working really hard, and it was nice to just go out, play hard and have fun."
Houston will remain at home to host No. 23 UCF at 1 p.m., Sunday at Robertson Stadium.
"UCF is one of the strongest teams in the conference," Bush said. "We know it is going to be an absolute battle. We are going to have to make some adjustments, but as long as we ping the effort we can compete with just about anybody."