Sept. 25, 2013
HOUSTON -- With its non-conference portion of the 2013 schedule wrapped up, Houston Soccer will embark on its debut in the American Athletic Conference this week as it travels to Temple for a 3 p.m. CT kickoff on Thursday and a Noon CT kickoff at UConn on Sunday.
"We are very excited to be starting conference play," head coach Chris Pfau said. "This is a very strong conference from top to bottom and we will need to be ready for each game. 7 out of the 10 schools at the beginning of the year were ranked in the top 100 in the country."
Houston holds 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 George. 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.
LAST TIME OUT
Houston is coming off a weekend of no action after its Friday game with Louisiana-Lafayette was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Cougars haven't played a game since their 0-0, double-overtime draw at Houston Baptist on Sunday, Sept. 15.
"We had a good stretch of four non-conference games and showed we can compete. We now have to show we can win these games," Pfau said. "We have had only one game in 17 days before we play Temple, so we will be a little rusty, but hopefully the rest will do us some good."
Temple enters Thursday's contest with a 5-3-1 overall record and sits fifth among the league standings during non-conference action. After opening the year 4-0, the Owls are 1-3-1 in their last five games. Temple is coming off a 2-1 loss to Delaware on Sunday, but has out scored its opponents, 11-4 and outshot them, 123-87. Ingrid Mello leads the team with three goals, while Kelly Farrell has contributed to the offense with a team-leading three assists. Seven different Owls have scored at least one goal this season. Shauni Kerkhoff has played all 841 minutes in goal, collecting 29 saves on 87 shots faced for a .879 shot percentage.
HISTORY vs. TEMPLE
Houston and Temple will meet for the first time in school history on Thursday.
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UConn will meet SMU on Thursday at home before hosting Houston on Sunday for the second American Athletic Conference meeting of the week. The Huskies sit sixth among the league with a 6-4 overall record and are winners of six of their last eight contests. UConn is coming off a heartbreaking loss vs. No. 10 Georgetown after earning back-to-back wins over Dartmouth and La Salle. UConn has posted 180 shots and scored 12 goals, led by Rachel Hill's five successful shot attempts. Goalkeeper Emily Armstrong has played just over 900 minutes in goal, collecting 33 saves for a .825 save percentage. She has accounted for the 6-4 record and has five shutouts to her name.
HISTORY vs. UCONN
Houston and UConn will meet for the first time in school history on Thursday.
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2013 SEASON TICKETS
A season ticket package is available for $50 and is good for all remaining four 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.
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