By D. Ryan Monceaux
To say the Cougar soccer team is on a roll would be an understatement. The Coogs traveled to the Mississippi delta region this week to sweep a pair of matches from C-USA rivals Southern Miss and Tulane. Houston beat Southern Miss Friday night 1-0 and on Sunday afternoon took a 2-1 match over the Green Wave.
On Friday evening, Houston goalkeeper Michelle Denommé extended her unbelievable streak in net earning her fourth consecutive shutout. Denommé, Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for the last two weeks, picked up six saves in leading her team to a 1-0 win over the Golden Eagles.
The single goal of the match came in the 74th minute as senior forward Lisa Duffus knocked one past the USM defenders from close range for her second goal of the season. Duffus also led the Cougars with 3 shots in the match.
After the win, Houston got to the .500 mark for the first time in school history with a 5-5 record, 5-1 in C-USA. Southern Miss fell to 4-5 overall, 1-3 in conference.
On Sunday afternoon, the Coogs went over .500 with an impressive 2-1 win over the Lady Wave at the Zephyr Field Soccer Complex in New Orleans.
Denise Peralta opened the scoring just 14 minutes into the game when she chipped a one-on-one shot over the head of the on-rushing Tulane goalie.
The Coogs then went up 2-0 in the 30th minute when Lisa Duffus connected on a volley from ten yards out.
Denommé gave up her first goal in over two weeks in the 65th minute as Tulane's Kari Creger knocked in a shot from the left flank to cut the lead to 2-1. However, the Houston goalkeeper shut out the Wave for the remainder of the match, recording her sixth win of the season.
The Cregger goal was the first given up by Denommé in 481 minutes. Her goals against average has shrunk to .34 in conference and 1.12 overall.
It has been a tale of two seasons thus far for the first-year Cougars, as they started their inaugural campaign losers of five straight, before beginning the current six match winning streak.
During the win streak, Houston has scored 13 goals and have taken 83 shots on goal, compared to just four goals and forty shots over the first five matches of the season.