Preview: Soccer Heads to California for Two Games

    Sep 5, 2013

    AT A GLANCE SERIES HISTORY
    Logo HOUSTON
    (1-1-1)
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    Schedule
    CS NORTHRIDGE
    (0-4-0)
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    Schedule
    Logo SAN DIEGO STATE
    (1-2-1)
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    Schedule
    Logo All-Time: Houston will meet Cal State Northridge and San Diego State for the first time in program history.
    Series History: Both series are 0-0.
    Last Meeting: First meetings

    Houston Game Notes

    HOUSTON -- After battling SFA to a 0-0 double-overtime draw last Friday evening, Houston Soccer will take its talents to California to face off against Cal State Northridge Friday at 9:30 p.m. CT and San Diego State Sunday at 2 p.m. CT.

    The Cougars return to action with a 1-1-1 overall record having earned a 2-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in their season opener, before falling to Georgia (2-0) at home and earning a 0-0 draw with SFA.

    "This will be a very tough stretch for us; from Georgia, SFA and this California trip," head coach Chris Pfau said. "All four teams at the beginning of the year were ranked in the Top 50. I thought the SFA game was the first game that we really competed and looked like we did last season. SFA was big for us before we head out west; both Northridge and San Diego State will challenge us for 90 minutes. I think if we can compete like we did against SFA and start to find some rhythm, it should be a fun weekend and some very good soccer."

    LAST TIME OUT
    Houston is coming off a 0-0 draw with SFA, who at the time, was receiving votes among the nation's Top 25. The Cougars held the Ladyjacks scoreless, while senior goalkeeper Cami Koski played all 120 minutes in goal, collecting nine saves for her 16th career shutout in her first start of 2013.

    ABOUT HOUSTON
    Houston has scored two goals this season with junior Kayla Walker and senior Kylie Cook finding the back of the net. Junior Alexis Weaver and senior Jasmine Martinez have recorded an assist apiece, while senior goalkeepers Sydney George (1-1-0) and Cami Koski (0-0-1) have recorded decisions in goal.

    For her nine-save effort and shutout over SFA, Koski was honored as The American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week.  

    ABOUT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
    The Cal State Northridge Matadors enter the matchup against Houston with an 0-4-0 record on the season with two of the losses coming against some of the nation's top teams (No. 3 UCLA and No. 17 USC). Fresh off the best season in team history and the program's first ever NCAA Tournament berth, the Matadors return five starters and 18 lettermen from their 11-win season in 2012. Head coach Keith West returns for his eighth season at the helm of the Matadors and commands a team led by Preseason All-Big West Team members, senior Chloe McDaniel and sophomore Hobson.

    ALL-TIME HISTORY vs. CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
    Friday's contest at Cal State Northridge will mark the first meeting between the two teams in program history.

    ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE
    The Aztecs enter the matchup against Houston with a 1-2-1 record so far in 2013. San Diego State returns seven starters and 16 letterwinners from a 2012 team that posted a 21-2-1 record and ended their season with a loss to UCLA in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Aztecs biggest challenge will come with having to replace Megan Juardo who was the program's first All-American since 1996. However, seventh year coach Mike Friesen and the Aztecs return 2012 First Team-All Mountain West Conference Team members Carli Johnson and Hannah Keane and 2012 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year Haley Palmer.

    ALL-TIME HISTORY vs. SAN DIEGO STATE
    Sunday's contest at San Diego State will mark the first meeting between the two teams in program history.

    LIVE COVERAGE
    at Cal State Northridge | LIVE STATS
    at San Diego State | LIVE STATS

    2013 SEASON TICKETS
    A season ticket package is available for $50 and is good for all remaining five home matches. The tickets are also part of a flexible ticket package that is good for any game. With the flexible ticket package, fans are given the opportunity to either use one ticket for each home game or multiple tickets to a few games.

    Tickets can be purchased at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office in the Athletics/Alumni Center or on the phone at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.UHCougars.com.

    STAY CONNECTED
    Follow Houston Soccer on Twitter @UHCougarSoccer and "Like" /HoustonCougarSoccer on Facebook.

    UP NEXT
    Houston will return to the Lone Star State and travel across town to Houston Baptist for a 7 p.m. match on Sunday, Sept. 15 before hosting Louisiana-Lafayette at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Carl Lewis Complex for Senior Day.


     

     

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