Soccer Prepares For Final Conference Weekend

Oct. 25, 2012

  Houston vs. Rice - Houston at Southern Miss | Houston, Texas - Hattiesburg, Miss. | 7:00 p.m. CT - 1 p.m. CT
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston will host cross-town and Conference USA rival Rice at 7 p.m., Friday at Robertson Stadium before traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss. to face off with Southern Miss at 1 p.m., Sunday.

Houston will honor its four seniors prior to the start of Friday's home finale. Recognized for their on- and off-the-field honors, seniors Kaci Bush, Katelyn Rhodes, Ciara Slayton, and Morgan Vela will be introduced with their families in a special pregame ceremony.

"Friday's match is about the seniors and what they have done over their careers here at Houston," Head Coach Chris Pfau said. "All four of them can be very proud of their accomplishments, on and off the field. It has been my honor to watch them this season."

The Houston-Rice match-up has been designated as the Pink Game in support of breast cancer awareness. The team will wear pink jerseys, which will be auctioned off following the game.

A silent auction will be in effect with items ranging from Houston Dynamo, Aeros, and Skeeters tickets to an autographed Brian Cushing football. The first 100 fans will receive a pink Houston Soccer t-shirt.

The annual "Let's SAAC Hunger" food drive is in full force, beginning Friday. Houston SAAC and Conference USA have teamed up to host the event, encouraging fans to bring canned good items to home events for the conference-wide contest between affiliated member schools. Fans can bring five canned goods to Friday's soccer match and receive half price off an admission ticket.

Houston (7-7-3, 3-3-3 C-USA) is coming off an important win Sunday with a 3-0 shutout over UTEP. Junior midfielder Jasmine Martinez led the way for the Cougars, scoring two goals and assisting on the third. Martinez now leads the team with seven goals.

With the victory over the Miners, junior keeper Cami Koski picked up her fourth shutout of the season and 15th of her career. She now leads the program with 15 career shutouts.

The Cougars are currently tied with Marshall for the eighth and final spot in the C-USA Championship, which will be held in El Paso, Texas next week. The Thundering Herd will face off with East Carolina at 6 p.m., Thursday. If Marshall loses or ties, Houston will clinch a spot in the Championship for the first time since the 2010 season.

The Owls are currently tied with Colorado College for first place in the C-USA standings. Rice was the first team in conference to clinch a spot in the upcoming C-USA Championship.

Rice is coming off being shut out by Colorado College on Sunday. Freshman Holly Hargreaves leads the team with 21 points (9 goals and 3 assists).

Friday marks the sixth time these two teams have met at Robertson Stadium. The Owls hold a 5-3-3 all-time record against the Cougars. In last season's match-up, Houston and Rice tied 1-1 in double-overtime.

The Golden Eagles are on a four-game losing steak after a 3-1 loss to East Carolina on Sunday. Junior Danica Roberts scored the lone goal off a penalty kick in the 86th minute. Roberts leads the team with six goals.

Southern Miss is 3-4 at home this season. The last time these two teams met in Hattiesburg in 2010, the Cougars and Golden Eagles tied 1-1 in double-overtime.



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