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Becca Smith's athleticism gives UH soccer team more speed and depth

By Jesse Lauritz
Daily Cougar Staff 

The UH women's soccer team fought long and hard for 89 straight minutes against the University of Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday.

In the final minute of play, Becca Smith scored the game-winning goal when she sent a header past the Cincinnati goalkeeper with just six seconds remaining in regulation.


Freshman midfielder Becca SMith scored two goals last weekend in the soccer team's wins against Louisville and Cinncinati.

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The play started with a free kick by Erin Keough. The 1-0 victory over the Bearcats gave the Cougars yet another conference victory, keeping them undefeated in conference play.

The win improved the Cougars' C-USA record to 4-0 and their overall record to 5-5.

In the game against Louisville the Friday before, Smith added to the assault with a goal six minutes into the second half. The Cougars went on to win 5-2 after Louisville took away the shut-out with two goals in the second half.

Against Marquette on Sept. 19 with just three minutes into overtime, Smith received the ball midfield, then kicked it down the line to Lindsay Beiriger who later crossed it across the goal for Kristen Hogan to net.

The overall game was very important to Smith and the soccer team.

"It was a really big game," Smith said, "because they (Marquette) were the No. 1 team we had to face this year."

Smith, a 5-8 midfielder from Plano, played at Ursuline Academy in Dallas last year. In addition to playing soccer, Smith also excelled at volleyball while in high school.

She was recruited by such schools such as Louisville, Oregon State, Stephen F. Austin, University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

So far Smith's freshman season has been great. She has scored a team-high three goals, including one assist. However, her transition from high school to college soccer wasn't easy.

"It was the toughest thing I've ever done in my life," she said. "There is nothing that anyone could have done to prepare me."

Coach Huston has tried to make Smith feel right at home.

"She is a great coach," Smith said. "She is very easy to get along with."

Becca has played and started all 10 games this season for the Cougars. She is an outstanding athlete with good size and speed to compliment her game.

After struggling to a 1-5 start to begin the year, UH remains unbeaten in C-USA with a record of 4-0. The season is shaping up to be much like last year when UH got off to an 0-5 start only to rebound to an 8-3 conference record.

"We have stepped it up from the beginning of the season, but after our first win, we knew we could win," Smith said. "Then conference play came and we again stepped it up. We're taking it to the next level."
 

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