Oct. 18, 2012
|Houston vs. Colorado College - Houston vs. UTEP | Houston, Texas | 7:00 p.m. - 1 p.m.|
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston soccer team will host Colorado College at 7 p.m., Friday and UTEP at 1 p.m., Sunday at Robertson Stadium. Colorado College is ranked second in Conference USA standings, while UTEP is tied with the Cougars for eighth.
"It is an important weekend," Head Coach Chris Pfau said. "We talked at the beginning of the season that we want to make sure as Conference USA winded down that every game meant something. We are very excited to play two very good teams at home, and hopefully a big crowd will come out and support the team."
Houston is 6-6-3 on the season and 2-2-3 in conference play, after back-to-back wins over UAB and Memphis last weekend.
With a late surge against UAB, the Cougars claimed a 2-1 victory and their first in C-USA play. Sophomore Alexis Weaver tallied her second goal of the season after knotting the match 1-1 in the 81st minute. Kelsey Zamora then scored the game-winning goal with a minute left on the clock off a crossed ball from senior Katelyn Rhodes.
On Sunday, in front of the largest crowd of the season, the Cougars shut out Memphis 1-0. Junior keeper Cami Koski kept Houston in the match, posting six of her 10 saves in the first half. The lone goal of the game was scored in the 53rd minute when Rhodes found the back of the net from 10 yards out. The Lubbock, Texas native, accounted for four of the Cougars six shots on the game.
The Tigers (10-3-4, 5-2-1 C-USA) are currently on a three-game win steak after stunning No. 16 UCF, 2-1, in double-overtime Friday and shutting out Southern Miss 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Jessie Ayers leads the team with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists). Ayers scored the lone goal in the victory over the Golden Hurricane at the 8:05 mark.
In the win over the Knights, senior forward Brittany Lyman scored her 22nd career goal with 1:54 remaining in the second overtime.
The Tigers hold a 5-1 all-time record against the Cougars. The last time these two teams met in Houston in 2010, the Cougars won 1-0 in overtime.
The Miners (10-7, 3-5 C-USA) are coming into the series with a 10-7 overall record and 3-5 in conference after a 3-1 win over Southern Miss on Friday and falling short to No. 16 UCF on Sunday.
Senior midfielder Tess Hall leads the team with 25 points (8 goals, 9 assists). Hall gave UTEP an early 1-0 lead over Southern Miss.
Sunday's match marks the 10th time these two teams have met and the fifth time at Robertson Stadium. The Miner lead the series 6-3.
The Cougars will close out the home schedule against cross-town rival Rice at 7 p.m., Oct. 26, before heading back to Hattiesburg, Miss. to match-up against Southern Miss at 1 p.m., Oct. 28.