|Tuesday, September 7, 1999||
Volume 65 Issue 11
|Soccer splits weekend matches, wins at home
By Josh Gajewski
It turns out all the UH soccer team needed was a little home cooking.
After dropping their third straight game in Denton on Friday night, the Cougars finally broke into the win column Sunday afternoon, winning their home opener 5-1 over Auburn.
"It's great to win," said head coach Chris Huston. "We've been waiting for a while and have seen some progress over the past few games. We knew it was just a matter of time, and once we got that first goal, we knew more were going to follow."
Sophomore midfielder Kara Bullinger started things off early with a goal at the 3:54 mark. It was the Cougars' first goal of the season after being outscored 8-0 to start off the year.
"We had to put our previous games behind us and focus on what was ahead," said Bullinger.
Only a minute-and-a-half later, sophomore forward Tracey Shankle knocked in her third career goal to put UH up 2-0 at the halfway point.
Auburn (1-1) scored its only goal at the beginning of the second half when forward Erika Schansberg beat UH goalkeeper Michelle Denommé at the 45:23 mark. That was the only blemish on Denommé's solid afternoon.
UH followed with three more goals. After assisting with one goal in the game, freshman Ashley Fortenberry found the back of the net unassisted at the 64:15 mark. Lindsay Beiriger and Rebecca Smith also scored later in the game en route to Houston's 5-1 victory. The goals were the first on a collegiate level for Fortenberry, Beiriger and Smith. All three are newcomers to the squad.
"We were just sick of losing," said Huston. "The girls just decided they wanted to win and really came together as a team."
"It's nice to win at home because we've never lost here," said Denommé. "Even though we lost our previous games, they didn't reflect on how we played. We improved every game and that was very important."
The goal total was a record for UH soccer, beating the previous mark of four set against Louisville last season. The Cougars have yet to surrender a loss on their home field as they improved to 8-0 lifetime at Robertson Stadium, proving that there really is no place like home.
With the monkey finally off their backs, the Cougars will try to keep the ball rolling when they return to action next weekend at the Texas A&M Tournament in College Station.
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