Preview: Soccer Set to Host UCF at 7 p.m. Thursday

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    (1-9-3, 0-7)


    (13-2-2, 6-0-1)

    All-Time: Houston will meet UCF for the 9th time in program history.
    Series History: UCF leads 7-0-1 all-time.
    Last Meeting: UCF 2, Houston 0 - in Orlando, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2012)

    Oct. 22, 2013

    HOUSTON -- Houston Soccer embarks on its final two home games of 2013 when it first welcomes No. 17 UCF to Carl Lewis Complex at 7 p.m. Thursday in American Athletic Conference action.

    "This is another great test for us," head coach Chris Pfau said. "UCF is in first place, undefeated in league and nationally ranked. This begins our stretch of our final two home games of the season - with Senior Day on Sunday. We want to continue to push ourselves against some of the best teams in the country and for the most part we have done that."

    Junior Alexis Weaver drained her second goal of the season in the 81st minute to put Houston Soccer on the board and tie the game at 1-1 at SMU, but a late Mustang goal netted in the final three minutes of play secured the win on Friday evening in American Athletic Conference play. Senior goalkeeper Sydney George made her 11th career start and fourth of the season in goal, collecting three saves on five shot on goal attempts by SMU. Weaver's goal was fired from sophomore teammate Meghan Brascia, who contributed with her first career assist at Houston on a ball that was successfully fired from nine yards out from the left side.

    Houston returns to action with a 1-9-3 overall record and a 0-7 mark in league play. The Cougars have seven goals this season, led by juniors Alexis Weaver and Kayla Walker with two each. Senior Kylie Cook follows with three points, coming from a goal and assist. Senior keeper Cami Koski has played in 10 games this season for 872 minutes, collecting 83 saves for a .847 save percentage. Senior keeper Sydney George follows with 27 saves in 376 minutes played during her five contests.

    Koski enters her final two home games of her career needing just 13 saves to become the program's all-time save leader. Shelby Scott (2005-08) currently holds the record with 304 career saves with Koski at 292.

    UCF enters the week ranked No. 17 by TopDrawerSoccer and is among the nation's Top 25 in every poll. The Knights hold a record of 13-2-2 and a 6-0-1 mark in American Athletic Conference play to sit atop the leaderboard with Louisville as the only two unbeaten teams in league action. UCF has won three straight and 11 of its last 13 games with two ties mixed in. The Knights have a balanced offense that has notched 42 goals, led by Tatiana Coleman's eight goals and four assists for 20 points. She is followed by Lena Petermann's seven goals and four assists for 18 points.

    In goal, UCF's Lianne Maldonado has played in 16 games for 1,249 minutes, collecting 36 saves for a .800 save percentage.

    Houston and UCF will meet for the ninth time in program history with the Knights leading 7-0-1 all-time. The two teams met last season on Sept. 28 in Orlando, Fla. with then-No. 10 UCF earning a 2-0 win over the Cougars.

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    Houston will wrap up the 2013 regular season on Sunday at 1 p.m. when it welcomes USF to Carl Lewis Complex. The Cougars will honor their 11 seniors prior to kickoff.  

    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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