Oct. 17, 2010
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HOUSTON – The Houston Cougars soccer team shutout Marshall 2-0 on Senior Day Sunday afternoon. With the win, Houston (11-3-2, 6-1-1) moved to first place in Conference USA.
The Cougars shutout their ninth opponent of the season, a record for the program.
Goalkeeper Cami Koski had three saves for her seventh shutout of the season, an individual season high.
“Cami is playing out of her mind but I also attribute that to the whole team’s defensive effort,” said head coach Susan Bush. “Some players have stepped up huge for us. Our mentality of winning the ball and getting it back has really made a difference.”
Freshman Fabi Cirino’s first career goal (’43) turned into the game winner after the midfielder drilled a shot into the side netting from distance.
That goal was one of only five in the first half but Houston emerged from half with the mentality of scoring another not settling for a 1-0 decision.
“We’re pleased with our position but we’re not content. We’re still going to go after teams.”
The offensive pressure broke down the Marshall defense when Lauri Byrne beat the defense and had a one-on-one with the goalkeeper but was fouled inside the box. The defender was given a red card and sent off for the infraction.
Freshman Kylie Cook took the penalty for the Cougars and beat the keeper for her third goal of the season.
The second goal secured the win for Houston and gave the seniors a special send off on Senior Day.
“It was very special,” said senior Lauri Byrne. “No one wants to lose on senior day and we gave great effort and play today to make sure that wouldn’t happen.”
Houston tied a program record for most wins in a season (11) as they clinched a berth into the C-USA Championship in Orlando, Fla, Nov. 3-7.
The Cougars travel to UAB for a Friday 7 p.m. match and then to Memphis for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game.