Houston Falls Short in League Battle with South Florida
Oct. 20, 2002
After a scoreless tie at the half, both teams came out of the locker room and erupted to score a combined five goals in less than 19 minutes -- four of which came within five minutes -- but the South Florida Bulls held on for the 3-2 victory over the University of Houston Cougars on Sunday (Oct. 20) afternoon at Robertson Stadium.
In a physical second half that included a combined 16 fouls, South Florida scored first when Christine Koester sailed a shot right past a diving Erin Ferguson, Houston's goalie, in the 48th minute.
The Bulls then took a 2-0 lead in the 64th minute on a cross kick from Kim Martins that was headed into the goal by Rachel Ross.
Just twenty seconds later in the 64th minute, after a South Florida hand ball foul, Houston sophomore Nikki Hawkins took a penalty shot and found the back of the net past South Florida goalie Breck Bankester and put the Cougars on the board, 2-1.
Less than two minutes later, South Florida once again struck with their third goal when Aleia Long broke away from Houston defenders and slid one past a diving Ferguson in the 66th minute.
Houston senior Ashley Fortenberry once again put Houston to within one in the 69th minute when she sailed a free kick over the South Florida defenders and into the upper left-hand corner of the goal.
For the Cougars, Fortenberry led the squad with five shots on the afternoon, all of which were on goal, and Hawkins followed with four total shots. Overall, Houston out-shot South Florida 14-12, including 9-7 on goal, while the Bulls out-fouled the Cougars, 20-9.
The loss drops Houston to 6-7-2 overall on the year, 2-3-2 in Conference USA action. Next up, the Cougars travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, and Memphis Tenn., to battle C-USA opponents Tulane (Oct. 25) and Memphis (Oct. 27). Houston's final home match and game of the 2002 regular season is on Nov. 1 against TCU at 7:00 p.m.