Oct. 1, 2013
|AT A GLANCE||SERIES HISTORY|
All-Time: Houston will meet Cincinnati for the seventh time in program history. |
Series History: Cincinnati leads 4-2-0.
Last Meeting: at Cincinnati 1, Houston 0 - Sept. 29, 2002
HOUSTON -- After playing five straight road games, Houston Soccer will return home to host two American Athletic Conference matches, beginning with Cincinnati on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Carl Lewis Complex.
The Cougars enter this week's play with a 1-4-3 overall record and a 0-2-0 mark in league play after dropping two conference road matches last week at Temple and UConn.
"It has been a long time since having a home game and we are excited about being back," said head coach Chris Pfau. "Our conference from top to bottom is very good as we expected and witnessed this last week. One of the things that we are really focusing on is playing at a high level every weekend and competing together as a team. There were some nice flashes of things against UConn that hopefully we can build on."
LAST TIME OUT
Houston will look to rebound after a tough road stretch this past week that featured a 2-0 loss at Temple and a 4-1 fall at UConn in American Athletic Conference play. The Cougars lone goal was unassisted and came off the foot of junior Kelsey Zamora. Senior goalkeeper Cami Koski battled in goal all 180 minutes last week, collecting 15 saves - 12 coming at UConn.
With a record of 1-4-3, Houston has tallied four goals, led by junior Kayla Walker's two with Zamora and senior Kylie Cook with one apiece. Leading the charge in assists is senior Jasmine Martinez with two and junior Alexis Weaver with one. Koski leads the American Athletic Conference in saves (55) and saves per game (9.17) heading into week two of league play. She has played 552 minutes in goal and holds a .873 save percentage in goal. Senior Sydney George, who has played 245 minutes in goal, tallying 18 saves, backs her.
Cincinnati will travel to Houston after winning four of its last five matches, including a 3-2 double-overtime comeback in league play vs. Memphis on Sunday after falling 1-6 to open the season. The Bearcats are 5-7-0 on the year and 1-1-0 in conference play with the loss coming in a 1-0 fall to Rutgers. Mackenzie Reynolds leads the way with three goals, while nine other Bearcats have a goal to their name. Danielle Rotheram paces the team with three assists with 10 others contributing to the offensive attack.
Natalie Smith has started eight games in goal, collecting 735 minutes of action. She is 4-4 with two shutouts on 32 saves and 10 goals allowed. She shares her time in goal with Kristina Utley, who is 1-3 with 13 saves in 360 minutes.
HOUSTON vs. CINCINNATI HISTORY
Houston and Cincinnati will meet for the seventh time in school history on Thursday. The Bearcats own the series at 4-2-0 with the last meeting coming in a 1-0 fall for Houston at Cincinnati on Sept. 29, 2002. The last two times these two programs met in Houston was on Sept. 29, 2000 with the Bearcats earning a 3-1 win.
Houston will welcome Louisville to the Carl Lewis Complex on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
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.