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Volume 68, Issue 20, Monday, September 23, 2002


Cougars play to a dead heat

By Lauren McFarlane
The Daily Cougar

When it was all said and done, the Cougars played three hours and 40 minutes of soccer Friday and Sunday. They walked off the field Sunday in the same shape as they came in Friday, one game above .500.

Over the weekend at Robertson Stadium, the Cougarsi soccer team tied first against the Charlotte Lady 49ers, and then against the Louisville Lady Cardinals. Both games went into two 10-minute overtimes, ending with a score of 2-2.

Sophomore midfielder Nikki Hawkins started Sundayis Conference USA game off strong with an unassisted goal in the 22nd minute. The Cougars (now 3-2-2, 0-0-2 in C-USA) kept Louisville (which dropped to 2-4-1) from any goals until Megan Rasmussen scored for the Cardinals.

Freshman defender Meghan Moreo takes aim at the goal during UHis 2-2 tie with Louisville on Sunday. Moreois goal gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead.

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Houston once again entered the second half with a tie and freshman defender Meghan Moreo scored, assisted by freshman forward Kelly Golden. Louisvilleis Lisa Martin made a goal, sending the game into another set of 10-minute overtimes. With a feeling of déja vu, the game ended with a score of 2-2.

Houston managed 31 shots during the match, with senior midfielder Ashley Fortenberry taking seven. "We were unlucky today in that we hit the pole five times and not one of them went in. You just have those type of days," head coach Bill Solberg said.

Charlotte struck first in Friday nightis game. Seven minutes into the game, Lady 49er Mikel Casey headed a ball off a corner kick by Jennie Leeder into the goal. The Cougars, undefeated at home, finished the first half with a goal by freshman midfielder Sara Hemmer, off an assist from Golden.

With the tie, the Cougars moved to 3-2-1 (0-0-1 in C-USA) on the season. Charlotte dropped to 5-0-1 (0-0-1).

"They battled just as hard in the second half," Solberg said. Mikel Casey scored another goal for Charlotte, but Houston fought back with Kelly Golden making a goal from a corner kick by Ashley Fortenberry with less than six minutes remaining. Freshman goalkeeper Erin Ferguson had 14 saves.

With the score 2-2, the game went into double-overtime. Both teams made numerous attempts to score the winning goal, but neither succeeded and the game ended with a tie.

"For our pre-game talk against Charlotte we told them ‘If you do the little things right and you leave everything on the field then youill walk out with resultsi and they did," Solberg said.

Despite the ties, Solberg said he looked forward to continuing the string of C-USA foes.

"Weire going to get a little tougher, play with a little more hardness to us, not so soft, making sure we put the ball to the back of the net, not to the post," he said.

Houston travels to DePaul on Friday and Cincinnati on Sunday before coming back to play Southwest Texas State on Oct. 2.

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