Soccer Heads to Louisiana This Weekend

Junior Jasmine Martinez

Aug. 30, 2012

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HOUSTON- The University of Houston soccer team will travel east across the state line to take on Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m., Friday and LSU at 1 p.m., Sunday.

This weekend's road matches will test the Cougars and prepare them for Conference.

"This is going to be a tough stretch over next couple of weeks," head coach Chris Pfau said. "We will have five straight games on the road and this weekend will test us mentally and help us get ready for conference. We are doing some good things but need to learn to compete for entire 90 minutes. If we can do that we will have a good weekend. Both teams will test and push us, and that is what we need right now."

The Cougars are 1-2 on the season after falling 2-1 at North Texas Sunday. The Mean Green jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but Houston struck back in the 68th minute to tie the match when junior midfielder Jasmine Martinez netted her second goal of the season off a pass from junior forward Sami Sackos. North Texas scored the game-winner in the 81st minute to remain undefeated.

The Ragin' Cajuns are 2-1 on the season after suffering their first loss of the 2012 schedule to Ole Miss Sunday.

UL is returning 15 letterwinners to the squad, including fifth year senior captain Amanda Moorefield. Moorfield is coming into this season as the Ragin' Cajuns all-time leader in career victories.

Friday marks the ninth time these two teams have met. Houston leads the series record 7-1 and 2-0 in Lafayette. The last meeting in Lafayette in 2011, UH won 2-0.

Live stats can be followed here.

With a 2-1 loss Sunday to North Carolina State, the Tigers, are now 1-1-1 in 2012. LSU opened the season with two back-to-back double-overtime matches. The Tigers shutout Oklahoma in the season opener on Aug. 20 and then tied Rice 1-1 on Aug. 24.

The reigning SEC West Division champions' squad features 14 returners, including junior Houston native, Abby Eggleston, and seven newcomers. Eggleston was the Tigers top scorer last season with four goals and 13 points.

The Tigers lead the all-time series record 2-0-1. In 2006, the last time these two teams met in Baton Rouge, LSU won 6-1.

Live stats can be watched here.

Houston will travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take part in the Sun Desert Classic hosted by Arizona State. The Cougars are slated to face Arizona State at 9 p.m. CST, Sept 7 and Arizona at 1 p.m. CST, Sept. 9. This will be the first meeting between the Cougars and these two teams.

Houston Soccer season tickets are available now. For $50, fans can enjoy the Flex Ticket plan, which allows you to use your tickets how you desire--one ticket per game or multiple tickets to fewer games. For more information regarding season tickets, call the UH Athletic Ticket office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit http://www.uhcougars.com/tickets/hou-tickets.html.

Houston Soccer group tickets are available to organizations of 10 or more people who purchase tickets in advance. Group pricing is not available at the door.

Group Ticket deals are available as follows:
• Groups 15-49: $4
• Groups 50-99: $3
• Groups 100+: $2

To order group tickets, call the Athletics Ticket office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or email grouptickets@uh.edu.



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