Cougars Kick Off Spring Season On The Right Foot

Sami Sackos

Feb. 26, 2012

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HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's soccer team defeated Lamar University and Navarro Junior College in a double-header at Carl Lewis Field on Sunday. The Cougars took on Lamar University in the morning game by a score of 1-0 and then used a three goal barrage to top Navarro again in the second game 3-0.

After having their first contest cancelled due to rain, the Cougars finally found their way back onto the pitch and kicked their spring season off on the right foot.

"Today was good to get some good competition." junior forward Sami Sackos said. "We got to play somebody other than ourselves. It's good to get out there and play other teams to see how their formations are different and to see how we can attack and defend them."

Sackos would prove to be game one's hero as she knocked home the only goal of the first contest on a ball played down field by sophomore forward Kelsey Zamora. Her goal would prove to be all the Cougars would need as the defense clamped down strong on any attacks from the Navarro forwards.

The Cougars hard work this spring is clearly paying off as the Cougars were able to keep up the intensity for the full 90 minutes in each of the games.

"We've been training for four or five weeks." head coach Susan Quill said. "We're pretty fit compared to the past spring teams and we have a lot of confidence."

The conditioning of the Cougars would lead to more offense in the second game of the double header.

Senior forward Katelyn Rhodes put home what would go down as the game winner early on in the first half. With the Cougars up 1-0 early, the defense went back to work protecting another shutout.

Later in the half, Zamora struck a ball of the crossbar that found its way right to sophomore forward Kayla Walker's foot who put it home. Her goal gave the Cougars a comfortable 2-0 lead just minutes before the break.

"Kelsey took it first and had a try on goal." Walker said. "It came out to me and I just followed up like we always work on in practice."

The Cougars didn't settle in the second half and came out hungry for more.

Midway into the period, Houston played a beautiful ball into the box where Jasmine Martinez was waiting to head it home.

The Houston defense was able to keep their goaltenders Cami Koski and Sydney George relatively untested, and the Cougars were able to walk away with two hard-earned victories when it was all said and done.

The team will get back to work on Tuesday in preparation for their home tournament next weekend but for now Quill is satisfied with the victories.

`It was good to get some wins" Quill said. "We played everybody and experimented to see what works best heading into the fall. Just scoring goals and getting wins is really important to our team right now."



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