HOUSTON - Houston Soccer will kick off the 2014 season against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at Carl Lewis Field.
The Cougars wrapped up preseason training with a 2-2 exhibition-tie at home against Sam Houston State after dropping a 1-0 exhibition at TCU earlier this week.
For the second year in a row, Houston will open its season with a match against the Islanders. The Cougars traveled to Corpus Christi in 2013 and were 2-1 victors in what was Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's inaugural game as a program.
ABOUT THE 2014 COUGARS
The Cougars will look to replace nine letterwinners from the 2013 season including goalkeeper Cami Koski who was named the inaugural American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year.
Brown, a League City, Texas native, transferred to Houston after not missing a single minute of her freshman and sophomore seasons at Tennessee Tech. Brown compiled 262 saves in her two seasons as a Golden Eagle and finished 2013 fourth among NCAA Division 1 goalkeepers in saves with 138.
"Jordan brings a lot of experience. She saw a lot of time at Tennessee Tech," associate Suzie Grech said. "Right now we're working on getting her comfortable with our back line and the way that we play. She's going to bring a sense of leadership and presence to our back line. She's a very good shot stopper. We're looking forward to seeing how she does in our conference."
Sterner joins the Cougars after earning four varsity-letters for the Panthers of Kingwood Park High School. The freshman helped lead Kingwood Park to back-to-back Bi-District championships in 2011 and 2012 and a Regional Semifinal appearance in 2013. Sterner was honored as First Team All-State goalkeeper following her senior season.
"Kaitlin is a freshman we brought in. She's a local kid," said Grech. "We're looking forward to getting her into the college game. She has a good presence, but it's just a matter of getting her comfortable in the college game. It's something that's a little shocking to newcomers and especially goalkeepers."
Houston brings in eight non-goalkeeper newcomers to make up the rest of the 2014 recruiting class which includes six freshman and two Division 1 transfers.
"The newcomers have come in from the start fit and ready to go," head coach Chris Pfau said. "They all have a chance to start or come off the bench to contribute. They come from great clubs and they have the same expectations that I do: win."
Houston will return 14 student-athletes from the 2013 roster including four seniors, five juniors and five sophomores.
Leading goal scorer from last season Alexis Weaver returns for her senior season to head the offense. Weaver finished 2013 as the team leader in goals and points, and was tied for the team lead in shots and games played. The West Covina, Calif., native enters the season one goal shy of 10th on the all-time goals scored list at Houston, with 10.
Sydnie Green figures to be Houston's top returner on the defensive side of the ball. Green led the team in minutes played (1,409) last season and was named to the 2014 CollegeSportsMadness.com preseason All-American Athletic Conference Second Team as a defender earlier this month.
"We have a nice group returning that had a lot of playing time last year," Pfau said. "This will help incorporate the freshman group."
ABOUT THE ISLANDERS
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi returns 22 letterman and 10 starters from 2013's inaugural team. The Islanders finished with a 2-16 record including a 2-1 loss to the Cougars to open the year.
Yvette Franco returns to Corpus Christi for her sophomore season. Franco led the Islanders in goals (8), points (19), shots (34), shots on goal (18) and was tied for the team lead in games played and games started (18), assists (3) and game winning goals (1).
Season tickets for the upcoming 2014 Houston Cougar soccer season are on sale now for just $50. Houston's schedule features nine home games with different themes on display for each game. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click here.
Following the season opener, Houston heads to Lake Charles, La., for its first road game of the season against McNeese State, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. Houston is 4-0-0 all-time against the Cowgirls and most recently took a 6-0 victory in Lake Charles on August 29, 2010.
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