HOUSTON -- The Houston Soccer team dazzled in front of the home crowd in a 2-1 win over No. 21 Cincinnati, Thursday morning at the Carl Lewis Complex.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Houston came out strong in the opening frame, attempting 10 shots against a Bearcats defense that usually only allows nine. The Cougars managed to hold the high-scoring Cincinnati defense to 13 shots, and headed into the break scoreless.
It was Cincinnati who would strike first, getting on the board inside the 55th minute. Bearcat striker Sophie Gorman would score from 10-yards out on an assist from Jaycie Brown.
With one shot already under her belt, Vanessa Almaguer would cut to the middle of the goal inside the 65th minute. Almaguer would make contact with a short pass from fellow senior Selena Peters from 3-yards out, netting her first goal of the season.
With time whittling down, Houston continued to put up a strong defensive front, all the while taking what the Bearcat defense was giving them. With 47 seconds on the clock and facing its third overtime match of the season, freshman Jazmin Grant shot a ball from the right side of the box in to the left corner. The ball would find the toes of Mia Brascia who would net the game-winner and her third goal of the season.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
- Selena Peters led the offense with four shots, two on target.
- Jazmin Grant posted four shots during the contest and her third assist of the season.
- Mia Brascia now has three goals this season.
- Rachel Estopare had a productive morning in goal for Houston, notching eight saves.
RANK AND FILE
- The win marks Houston's first win over a ranked opponent under Head Coach Diego Bocanegra.
- This is the first win against Cincinnati since the '99 season when Houston defeated the Bearcats in Ohio.
- This is the first time Houston has beated Cincinnati at home since its inaugural season in 1998.
- Houston now has two wins this season against AAC opponents, the most in program history.
- Houston is now 6-8-1 on the season and 2-5-0 in the AAC.
- Cincinnati leads the all-time series with Houston 3-7-1.
Houston will close out its home slate at the Carl Lewis Complex with a Sunday meeting with ECU for Senior day. Houston will honor its nine outstanding seniors before the match.
The Houston Athletics Ticket Office is proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2017-18 athletic season. For just $80, Cougar fans can purchase one Shasta Pass, which allows season-long general admission entrance to all Houston Soccer, Women's Basketball, Volleyball, and Softball home games. To purchase a Shasta Pass, click HERE. Fans that purchase a Shasta Pass will enter the game on a VIP List at the entrance to each sport facility. Please bring a Photo ID.
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