Monday, September 24, 2001  Volume 67, Issue 23


Soccer plundered by Pirates and 49ers

By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff

The Lady Cougar soccer team suffered a disappointing weekend as it lost to Conference USA rivals Charlotte and East Carolina.
The matches opened conference play for the Cougars.

With the two losses, UH dropped its record to 1-4-1 (0-2-0 in conference play). Charlotte is 4-2-1 overall with a 2-0-0 record in
conference play, and East Carolina improved to 4-3-1 overall and 2-0-0 in conference play.

Houston traveled to Greenville, N.C., on Sunday to take on the Pirates of East Carolina in C-USA action.

UH dominated play virtually the entire game, out-shooting the Pirates 9-6 and holding East Carolina without a single shot in the
second half. But it wasn't enough, as the Lady Cougars endured a disappointing 1-0 loss.

The lone goal of the match was scored when East Carolina's Megan Stickler assisted Shannon Duffy on a goal just 12 minutes into
the match.

Houston's terrific goalkeeper, Robin Cate, was left stranded as she charged Stickler only to be beaten by Duffy's shot off Stickler's
timely pass.

The match featured tough defensive play and a large number of fouls from both teams. Houston showed once again that it can be
beaten if it's forced into a physical style of play.

The Cougars' ball-control offense struggled as the Pirates harassed Houston over the entire field of play, stifling any fluid offensive

The UH defense played well, the lone mistake coming on the breakaway that resulted in the only score of the match.

The Lady Cougars played a strong first half against Charlotte, but were unable to stay with the 49ers on Friday. The ladies from
Charlotte pounded 25 shots at Houston's net, connecting on four of those shots in the second half to gain a 4-0 victory over the

Four different players scored Charlotte's four goals in the match. The 49ers' Mikel Casey scored on a shot from the top of the key, off
assists from Abby Allison and Leslie Canales. Ten minutes later, Jill Hayes drove past a defender and fired a wicked shot to give the
49ers a 2-0 lead.

Charlotte's Dawn Geyer scored on a low shot off a pass from teammate Jennie Leeder in the 71st minute. Charlotte finished the
scoring by taking a cheap goal. The 49ers' Christy Johnson shot into an open goal with only 40 seconds left to raise the score to the
final 4-0.

Houston's slow starting offense must begin to produce goals if the Cougars hope to win any matches.

The Cougars continued their history of struggling early in the season while they attempt to find the team chemistry. Last season's
team won five of its last eight games to salvage a 9-9-1 season.

This year's team must follow suit and hit its stride soon, especially with the heart of the conference schedule coming up, as well as
non-conference matches against powerhouses Texas and Texas A&M.

In other Cougar soccer news, the match originally scheduled for Sept. 14 against Southwest Texas State has been rescheduled for
Oct. 24.

Houston swings into action against conference rival St. Louis at 7 p.m. Friday in Robertson Stadium.

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