Oct. 4, 2012
HOUSTON- The University of Houston soccer team will return home after its first Conference USA road trip to host East Carolina at 7 p.m. on Friday and Marshall at Noon on Sunday at Robertson Stadium. The match-up between the Cougars and the Thundering Herd was initially scheduled for 1 p.m., but due to travel accommodations the match was rescheduled to Noon.
"We are excited for this weekend," head coach Chris Pfau said. "We are back at home and the weather is looking great. We have to continue to get points at home, so at the end of the season we are not in a panic."
The Cougars are coming into this weekend with a 4-5-2 overall record and are 0-1-2 in Conference after suffering their first conference loss this past Friday to No. 10 UCF. The Knights came out shooting and got an early 2-0 lead. Houston came out of the half ready to work and got off some good looks, but it wasn't enough and UCF would hold on for the victory. Junior keeper Cami Koski got the loss, despite having a career-high 13 saves on the game.
In the second match of the road trip, Houston was to face off with Southern Miss, but due to inclement weather in the area the match-up was postponed and rescheduled for 1 p.m. on Oct. 28 in Hattiesburg, Miss.
The Pirates (6-6, 2-2 C-USA) are currently ranked No. 10 in the NSCCA/Continental Tire Central Region Poll. They are one of five C-USA teams ranked in the poll.
ECU has recorded three shutouts in their first four matches of conference play.
Senior Chrissy Gratz and redshirt sophomore Lexi Miller lead the team with three goals apiece. Gratz scored the lone goal in the 1-0 victory over UAB on Sunday.
The Thundering Herd currently hold a 6-6 overall record and a 2-2 record in C-USA, after splitting the weekend. They opened play on the road with a 3-2 win over UAB and suffered a 7-1 loss to Memphis on Sunday.
Senior Chelsey Maiden and freshman Erin Simmons lead the team with six goals each. Maiden and Simmons both scored goals in the win over UAB on Friday.
The Cougars will travel to take on UAB on Oct. 12 in Birmingham, Ala. and to Tennessee to face Memphis on Oct. 14 in their last road trip of conference play.
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