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Soccer readies for 2000 schedule; SMU, UT toughest tests

By Keenan Singleton
Daily Cougar Staff

"It's going to be a tough opening weekend."

Those words were echoed from the mouth of UH assistant soccer coach Joe Kirt as he looked over the upcoming Cougar soccer schedule for the year 2000.

The Cougars start the weekend much like they did last year, against tough opponents Southern Methodist and Texas Christian, but this time the Cougars get to welcome them to Robertson Stadium instead of traveling to the Dallas Metroplex area.

"The opening weekend against SMU and TCU are going to be good tests for us," newly anointed UH head soccer coach Bill Solberg said. "Then the road trip to University of Texas-El Paso and then we face the talented Texas Longhorns in Austin. So the start of the season should get us warmed up for the midsection of the year when we start conference play."


Cougar captain Kara Bullinger looks to lead the Cougars to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The Cougars return every player except goalkeeper Michelle Denommé.

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"Our main goal is to win the first five games of the season," captain Kara Bullinger said. "Starting with a win against TCU is a big goal for us right now."

"UT is ranked and they got a lot of national team players, so that's a big game for us," midfielder Erin Keough said.

UH returns home to face in-state rival North Texas on Sept. 8. The Cougars have a little score to settle with the Eagles, as UNT handily beat them 4-0 last season.

Entering their third year of existence, the Cougars have simply dominated Conference USA. They have only lost six games over the past two seasons, and have compiled a 71 percent victory rate over that time span.

This season, UH begins C-USA play with four straight games away from the confines of O'Quinn Field. It starts against Southern Mississippi on Sept. 15, at Tulane on Sept. 17 and at South Florida on Sept. 22. The lengthy road trip concludes against the team that knocked UH out of the conference tournament, UNC-Charlotte, on Sept. 24.

The Cougars then settle in for a two-game set against Cincinnati (Sept. 29) and battle the Louisville Cardinals on Oct. 1.

After a brief trip to face Southland Conference Tournament champs Southwest Texas State on Oct. 3, UH will resume C-USA play when it returns home to face Saint Louis on Oct. 8.

The Cougars then travel to the Midwest to meet conference champ Marquette and DePaul on Oct. 13 and 15 before closing out the conference play against University of Alabama-Birmingham (Oct. 20) and Memphis (Oct. 22) at home.

The regular season against non-conference teams wraps up with Louisiana State on Oct. 29 before heading to the C-USA tourney.
 

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