Natalie Juncos with a goal and an assist
Oct. 27, 2013
HOUSTON — Houston Soccer recognized its 11 seniors prior to Sunday’s home finale as the Cougars and Bulls met in an offensively controlled game, which ended in a 6-3 win for USF in American Athletic Conference play.
Seniors shined in their final home game as a Cougar as Jasmine Martinez and Natalie Juncos each recorded a goal and an assist in the effort. Senior Kylie Cook added an assist, while junior Alexis Weaver tallied her second goal of the year.
It didn’t take long for the scoring barrage to begin as USF jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third minute of play on a goal off a rebounded shot. Houston didn’t back down when Juncos, in her final game at home, notched her first goal of her Cougar career, assisted by Martinez in the eighth minute of play to make it a 1-1 score.
Less than two minutes later, Martinez fired off a shot into the corner of the net on a perfectly placed ball off the foot of Juncos for her first score of 2013 to put Houston up 2-1 after just nine minutes of action.
The 2-1 lead for the Cougars held into halftime, allowing Cook to find Weaver in the 47th minute to extend the Cougars’ advantage by two at 3-1 in the second half. Looking to control the offensive pace of the game, Houston quickly saw USF recapture the momentum and score three goals in two minutes for a 4-3 lead. That change of momentum continued when the Bulls scored two more goals during the 61st and 77th minute for a score of 6-3, which held for the remainder of the game.
Houston fired off 16 total shots, six landing on goal. Leading the way was Martinez with three shots, two on goal, a goal and an assist, while Juncos finished with one shot, a goal and an assist.
Senior keeper Sydney George and Cami Koski split time in goal, recording a combined 10 saves in the effort. George made the start and played 50 minutes in net, collecting three saves and allowing just one, while Koski finished with 40 minutes in goal and a total of seven saves.
USF had two players with two goals in each as Cristine Granados and Olivia Chance netted twice. Keeper Christiane Endler recorded two saves in 83 minutes of action.
Houston will travel to take part in the American Athletic Conference Championship. No. 10-seeded Houston will meet No. 7-seeded Memphis on Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. CT on the campus of Louisville. The winner of that game will advance to the Quarterfinal Round on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m. CT – facing No. 2-seeded Louisville in Kentucky.