Soccer Eyes Playoff Berth in Season Finale Against Rice

Ryan Bruz

Oct. 25, 2011

Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 - 7 p.m.
Houston Cougars (6-11-1, 3-5-1 C-USA) vs.

Rice Owls (10-7-2, 4-5-1 C-USA) 

Robertson Stadium (32,000) - Houston
Series History: Rice leads 3-5-2
Last Meeting: 10/29/10 - T, 0-0 - Rice Soccer Stadium

HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's soccer team returns home for their final regular season contest against cross-town rival Rice at 7 p.m., Friday at Robertson Stadium.

C-USA Championship Update
The Cougars are currently ninth in the Conference USA standings, still in the hunt for post-season play. With a win on Friday, Houston will clinch a spot in the C-USA tournament for the second consecutive year. Houston has 10 points, just behind ECU with 12 and Rice with 13.

Rice is currently 4-5-1 (13 points) in C-USA play and Houston is 3-6-1 (10 points). With a win, (worth three points) Houston will be tied with Rice and own the head-to-head tiebreaker, thus sending the Cougars to the post-season tournament, as the top-eight teams qualify.

Houston vs. Rice
Rice (10-7-2) dropped their most recent match to Marshall 1-0 on Sunday. Marshall was rebounding from a 2-1 loss to Houston.

Rice is currently seventh in the C-USA women's soccer standings. They also come into the match looking to secure a spot in the C-USA Tournament in its final game of the regular season.

Offensively, Jessica Howard leads the Owls with eight goals and two assists on the season. Goalkeeper Amy Czyz (9-7-2) has anchored the Rice defense, registering six shutouts this year.

Senior Night
Houston will be honoring its four seniors Ryan Bruz, Stephanie Derieg, Lisa Murer and Jessica Zavalza prior to Friday night's game.



Previous Outing
Houston fell to East Carolina 2-0 Sunday at ECU Soccer Stadium.

"Sunday games on the road are tough," head coach Susan Bush said. "ECU simply out-battled us. They were the better team today and deserved the win."

ECU (9-6-1, 4-5-0 C-USA) outshot Houston 22-5 in the contest while taking 11 shots on goal. The Pirates took a 1-0 advantage in 13th minute of the match following a Caty Butler goal. The Cougars were unable to match the score, as they were only able to register two shots in the first frame.

In the second half, the Pirates scored another goal in the 54th minute to ping the game's final score to 2-0.

"We definitely lacked a hunger in the final third," Bush said.

Houston goalkeeper Sydney George (2-4-1), who faced 22 shots on the evening, recorded nine saves, while allowing the two goals.

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