HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's soccer team defeated Marshall 2-1 at Sam Hood Field on Friday night. Sophomore forward Sami Sackos scored two goals to lead the Cougars to a timely victory.
"Sami played with composure and confidence that we haven't seen this year," head coach Susan Bush said. "I'm pleased to have her competing again for us. She is a huge part of our offense."
Sackos recorded her first goal of the season as she put Houston on the board in the 11th minute, giving the Cougars a 1-0 advantage. Freshman Kayla Walker hustled to beat Marshall keeper Betsy Haugh to a loose ball and was able to deflect it to Sackos, who drove it in for the score. Marshall answered the score later in the half, ending the first frame 1-1.
In the second half, Sackos struck again, as she slotted home a feed from Jasmine Martinez to put the Cougars up 2-1. The goal proved to be the game-winner as the Houston defense stood firm for the remainder of the game.
"We had energy and attitude tonight that you could feel," Bush said. "Our team continues to improve and gain momentum."
Sydney George improved to 2-3-1 with the victory. George faced 15 shots on the night, seven of which were on goal, while recording six saves and allowing just the one goal.
Houston improved to 6-10-1 with the victory, 3-5-1 in Conference USA. The Cougars, who entered the weekend ranked ninth in the C-USA standings will need to continue to battle throughout the remainder of the season, as the top-eight teams qualify for the post-season tournament.
Houston remains on the road as it travels to Greenville, N.C., to face East Carolina at 1 p.m., Sunday at the ECU Soccer Stadium.