Cougars Comeback Bid Falls Shy in Regular Season Finale

Oct. 27, 2016

Final Stats

HOUSTON -- The Houston Cougar soccer team fell short in a comeback bid against American Athletic Conference foe SMU, falling 3-1 to wrap up the 2016 regular season on Thursday at Carl Lewis Field.

Junior midfielder Kristina Schulz scored her first goal of the season, and goalkeepers Rachel Estopare and Nicole Young picked up five saves, but it was not enough as Houston fell to the Mustangs.

SMU got on the scoreboard in the 19th minute of play off a goal from Vanessa Valadez. Valadez was able to notch an assist in the 24th minute of play as she crossed to Hannah Fleet who found the back of the net. After Fleet extended the lead for the Mustangs, Haley Thompson was able to find Claire Oates who headed the ball into the goal during the 25th minute of play.

Houston was able to hold off the Mustang offense to keep SMU scoreless in the second half. In the 78th minute of play, SMU committed a foul that lead to a Houston goal. Off a free kick from Claire Salazar, a SMU defender headed the ball away that landed at the feet of Schulz who stuck the ball to the upper 90 from the top of the box. The Fort Worth, Texas, native's goal was the second of her career.

The Cougars used both goalkeepers in goal as Estopare made the start and tallied two saves in 45 minutes of action and was relieved by freshman Young, who was between the posts for 45 minutes and notched three saved.

The Houston Ticket Office is proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2016-17 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.  Single-game tickets start at $5. To purchase a Shasta Pass, CLICK HERE.

Fans can keep up with the latest in University of Houston Cougar athletics by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HoustonAthletics), Twitter (@UHCougars), Instagram (houstoncougars) and YouTube.com (Youtube.com/UHAthletics). In addition, the soccer team has established its own official Facebook (Facebook.com/HoustonCougarSoccer) and Twitter pages (@UHCougarSoccer), which provide regular updates on the team and live results during home meets.





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