Soccer Ends Record-Setting Season in Second Round of C-USA Tournament
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Nov. 5, 2010
ORLANDO - The University of Houston soccer team ended the best season in program history when the Cougars fell to the Memphis Tigers, 1-0, in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament at the UCF Soccer Complex on Friday.
A close-range header by freshman Christabel Oduro in the 52nd minute yielded the lone goal that stood in the way of the Cougars' quest to stop the Tigers' streak of reaching the C-USA Finals. The win puts Memphis in the championship game for the fourth-straight year.
The second-seeded Tiger (14-3-3) defense showed its strength early, keeping the No. 3 seed Cougars (12-5-4) from taking a shot until the 31st minute, but All-Conference USA second-team goalkeeper Cami Koski stepped her game up as well. Koski notched three saves in that time span and finished the evening with five. Memphis' Elis Kuhar-Pitters tallied just two saves for the Tigers, but that would be all she would need to register the shutout.
"They played great individual defense on us all night and they had great team speed," Houston head coach and C-USA Coach of the Year Susan Bush said. "If we beat one of their players, then another one would be right there."
First-team All-Conference midfielder Katelyn Rhodes and freshman Nicole Duarte led the Cougar offense with two shots apiece. Lauri Byrne, Courtney Peacock and Jasmine Martinez each tallied a shot on goal. The Tigers outshot the Cougars by a slim 9-7 margin, but Houston was still unable to get its offense running as it has for the majority of their record-setting season.
"They did a good job of getting behind the ball early and that forced us to go backwards and made it harder to create a rhythm going forward," Bush said. "We had a great season though so we're not disappointed."