Soccer plundered by Pirates
By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff
The Lady Cougar soccer team suffered a
disappointing weekend as it lost to Conference USA rivals Charlotte and
The matches opened conference play for
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
Houston's terrific goalkeeper, Robin Cate,
was left stranded as she charged Stickler only to be beaten by Duffy's
shot off Stickler's
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
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
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.
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
Houston swings into action against conference
rival St. Louis at 7 p.m. Friday in Robertson Stadium.