Preview: Soccer to Host UL, Senior Day Friday at 5 p.m.

Sept. 18, 2013


Carl Lewis Complex

Logo All-Time: Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette will meet for the 10th time in school history.
Series History: The Cougars own the series, 8-1.
Last Meeting: Aug. 31, 2012 - Houston 2, at Louisiana-Lafayette 1

HOUSTON -- Houston Soccer will return to its home pitch for the only home game during the month of September on Friday when it welcomes Louisiana-Lafayette to Carl Lewis Complex for a 5 p.m. kickoff. The Cougars will honor all 11 seniors during pregame ceremonies.

"It is nice to be home again, we have had a tough stretch against some very good teams and we are very tired," said head coach Chris Pfau. "It will be nice to be at home in front of our crowd and to honor our seniors and hopefully this will give us some energy and get our team going before we head into conference."

Houston will honor its 11 seniors during pregame ceremonies on Friday. Recognitions will begin at approximately 4:40 p.m.

#00 Sydney George, #0 Cami Koski, #2 Kylie Cook, #3 Danielle Munoz, #11 Sami Sackos, #14 Whitney Rosenheim, #17 Fabi Cirino, #19 Rebekah Horsey, #21 Jasmine Martinez, #25 Natalie Juncos, #27 Kylee Haughton.

"Senior Day is going to be a special day; with 11 players and all of who has a huge impact on this program.   I am proud of them all and I cannot believe we are already half way through our season.  They all have done a tremendous job in representing the University and being great teammates to the underclassman.  I want to thank each one of them for how hard they have worked, what they have done with this program and how much of a joy it is each day to be around them.

Houston will return to play on Friday with a record of 1-2-3 - having played its last four games to overtime - three of which have ended in double-overtime draws. The Cougars' defense has been steady - led by the solid goalkeeping efforts by seniors Cami Koski and Sydney Green. The two have combined for three shutouts already this season and three straight weekly American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week accolades. Koski paces the two with 40 saves and a 0-1-2 record, while George has accounted for 18 saves and a 1-1-1 record. Leading the way offensively is junior Kayla Walker with two goals on 13 shots, seven of which have landed on goal. Senior Jasmine Martinez holds the team lead with two assists, while senior Kylie Cook and junior Alexis Weaver each have a goal and assist to their name, respectively.

Houston's defense has been exceptional - as noted the 141 shot attempts against the Cougars with only five total goals allowed during the first six games.

Houston and Houston Baptist battled out to a 0-0, double-overtime draw last Sunday for the Cougars fourth straight overtime match. George recorded the shutout in goal, her first of the year, tallying a career-high 11 saves. For that effort, she went on to be named American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week.

Louisiana-Lafayette will travel to Houston on Friday with a record of 3-4-2. The Ragin' Cajuns are coming off of back-to-back wins over Prairie View A&M (5-1) and Mississippi Valley State (3-0). UL has scored 19 goals this season, led by Annika Schmidt's nine. Yasmine Montoya and Carly Ellender each share the team lead in assists with three. Goalkeepers Cory DeMarco and Kendall Graham have shared time in goal, collecting 18 and 23 saves, respectively with two shutouts.

Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette will meet for the 10th time in program history on Friday. Houston holds the lead at 8-1 and is currently riding a seven-game winning streak. The last meeting between the two schools came last season on Aug. 31, 2012 on the road in a 2-1 win for the Cougars. Houston earned a 2-0 win in 2011 - during the most recent meeting in Houston.

"Louisiana-Lafayette is a good team that is well coached," said Pfau. "It was a great game last year at their place and I expect the same type of game this year.  We are still trying to figure things out because of injuries and we have not started the same midfield yet.  This game will give us a chance to get one last look at things and who we want where."

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.

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

Following Friday's home match, Houston Soccer will open American Athletic Conference play on Thursday, Sept. 26 in Philadelphia, Pa. when it faces off against Temple at 3 p.m. CT. The Cougars will then travel to UConn in Storrs, Conn. on Sunday, Sept. 29 for a 12 p.m. CT start.



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