Preview: Soccer Travels to SMU on Friday

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    All-Time: Houston will meet SMU for the 13th time in program history.
    Series History: SMU owns the all-time series, 10-0-2.
    Last Meeting: Houston 2, SMU 2 (2 OT) - Sept. 21, 2012

    HOUSTON -- Houston Soccer will make its final regular-season road trip when it travels to take on SMU Friday at 7 p.m. in Dallas, Texas as part of American Athletic Conference play.

    Houston and SMU will meet for the first time since joining the new league as both programs met previously during the Conference USA era.

    "I think this is another great test for us," head coach Chris Pfau said. "I thought the last three games before Memphis we played extremely well.  I was happy with the progression and it was great to see that we were not just trying to hang on, but we were playing. SMU will be a good test to see if the Memphis game was just a bad game for us as well to see if we mentally can get back to where we were. We are really focusing on the mental part of the game as we near the end of the season. This team has not given up and keeps pushing forward and we have played better now than at the beginning of the season. I cannot ask for more than that."

    Houston returns to action after dropping two hard-fought contests at Rutgers (0-1) and Memphis (1-4) in American Athletic Conference play. The Cougars' lone goal of the week came off the foot of sophomore Lauren Hodgdon for her first goal of the season, which was assisted by senior Kylie Cook.

    Senior goalkeeper Cami Koski made two starts, collecting nine saves, while fellow senior keeper Sydney Green tallied six saves in her 40 minutes of action at Memphis.

    The Cougars enter Friday's contest with a record of 1-8-3 and a 0-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play and are looking to snap a six-game skid. Houston has tallied six goals this season, led by junior Kayla Walker's two successful goals. Four other Cougars have one goal to their name in junior Alexis Weaver, Cook, junior Kelsey Zamora and Hodgdon. Senior Jasmine Martinez paces the team with two assists with Weaver and Cook with one each.

    Koski has racked up 83 saves in 10 games this season for a .847 save percentage. The Missouri City, Texas native, has 292 career saves and is just 13 saves shy of breaking the Houston all-time saves record set by Shelby Scott (304) from 2005-08.

    SMU will meet Houston on Friday with a 7-7 overall record and a 2-4 mark in conference play. The Mustangs are looking to snap a two-game skid, which saw losses at Rutgers (0-1) and at Memphis (1-2).

    SMU has tallied 28 total goals this season, led by Shelby Redman's eight goals and two assists for 18 points. She is followed by Courtney's Smith's nine assists and three goals for 15 points. In goal, the Mustangs use a combined duo of Lauryn Bodden and Shannon Moroney - who have each tallied 22 saves and a .710 save percentage, while combining for five shutouts this season.

    Houston and SMU will continue play after both moving to The American Athletic Conference this season. The two programs will meet for the 13th time with SMU owning the all-time series, 10-0-2. The last meeting came back in 2012 when the two teams finished in a 2-2, double-overtime draw.

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    Following the Cougars game at SMU, Houston will then return home to host UCF (Thursday, Oct. 24 - 7 pm) and USF (Sunday, Oct. 27 - 1 pm | Senior Day).

    Single-game 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

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