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Monday, October 25, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 45

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Coogs tied for first in C-USA

UH soccer tied with UNCC after tie with 49ers, win over Bulls

By Josh Gajewski
Daily Cougar Staff

It took the UH soccer team more than 229 minutes to finally celebrate a win over the weekend. When it did, it found itself in first place in Conference USA.

Freshman Lindsay Beiriger netted her seventh goal of the season at the 10:54 mark of double overtime Sunday, leading UH to a win over South Florida and a share of first place in the conference.


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Freshman Forward Lindsay Beiriger (16) kicks in the winnning  goal against South Florida in double overtime. The win propelled UH Soccer into a tie for first place in Conference USA.

The Cougars were just a game back of North Carolina-Charlotte in the league standings as the two teams prepared for battle Friday night.

UH got out to an early lead more than eight minutes into the game when forward Kristen Hogan netted her fifth goal of the season.

Tracey Shankle followed with her own score at the 39:24 mark to give UH a 2-0 lead as the teams headed into the locker room at halftime.

But things finally turned around for UNC-Charlotte in the second half when it scored two goals in the final 15 minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime.

The game ended in a tie and UH would have to wait another day before getting a chance to return to the top of the standings.

"We did really well on Friday night," coach Chris Huston said. "It's tough when you (allow) a tie in the last 15 minutes of the game, but we did an outstanding job."

UH rebounded Sunday as the team played South Florida. Hogan scored her second goal of the weekend with 30:06 left in the first half to give UH the early lead. Lindsey Beiriger assisted on the goal.

USF would later tie the game as UH was forced into its second straight overtime game. After the first sudden-death session ended with no score, Beiriger received the ball from USF goalkeeper Valerie Wetzel with 10:54 left in the second overtime period and sent the ball into the net for the game-winning goal.

"It's unbelievable when you look at how much heart this team has," Huston said.

"We needed this game for respect," Beiriger said. "We just played our hearts out this weekend."

The win, coupled with UNC-Charlotte's 1-0 loss to Saint Louis on Sunday, gives UH a share of the conference lead with just one game left to play.
 

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