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Volume 68, Issue 25, Monday, September 30, 2002


Cougars split two weekend matches

Cougar Sports Services

The Cougars were able to exorcise the Demons, but were outclawed during a catfight Sunday.

The UH soccer team began the weekendis Conference USA competition by blanking the DePaul Lady Blue Demons 1-0 in Chicago on Friday, but the Cincinnati Lady Bearcats gave the Cougars a taste of their own medicine as UH was shut out Sunda,y 1-0.

With the 1-1 record over the weekend, the Cougars move to 4-3-2 (1-1-2 in C-USA) with six more conference matches remaining this season. The loss Sunday ended a five-match undefeated streak. The Cougars had not lost a match since Sept. 8 against Texas-El Paso.

Freshman goalkeeper Erin Ferguson made eight saves during the match, but an early goal from senior defender Heather Harweh in the 13th minute was all the Lady ‘Cats needed as Cincinnati improved to 7-2-1 (3-0-1 in C-USA).

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Sophomore forward Leslie Guevara scored the Cougarsi lone goal of a 1-0 win over DePaul on Friday. UH went on to lose to Cincinnati, 1-0, on Sunday.

Harweh caught up with a corner kick from junior midfielder Tasha Wagner after the ball ricocheted off Houston players and slipped past Ferguson.

Though the Cougars played solid defense, they were only able to manage five shots compared to Cincinnatiis 13. The Lady ‘Cats were led by sophomore goalkeeper Tracy Hale, who recorded her third shut out of the season.

"Houston fought hard today," Cincinnati head coach Meridy Glenn said. "(It has) a good, young team. We stuck with them and (Hale) made some nice saves in goal for us."

The weekend started off on a positive note, with the Cougars continuing their sold defensive play by shutting out DePaul. Sophomore forward Leslie Guevara scored the lone goal of the game in the 55th minute off an unassisted shot from the left side.

DePaul outshot UH 12 to 8, but Ferguson kept the Lady Blue Demons in check, making six saves on the night. The game was a stalemate through the first half — even with the Cougars being outshot 8 to 3 in the first 45 minutes.

The Lady Demons threatened the Cougars late, but Ferguson was able to keep DePaul from scoring to preserve the win for UH.

The win — UHis first shut out win since Nov. 2, 2001 and its first in C-USA play — followed two consecutive 2-2 double-overtime ties against C-USA rivals Charlotte and Louisville on Sept. 20 and 22.

DePaul fell to 5-3 overall (1-2 in C-USA) with the loss but bounced back by defeating Tulane 3-0 Sunday to even its conference record at 2-2.

The Cougars return home for a non-conference match against Southwest Texas State at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The team resumes C-USA competition against Alabama-Birmingham on Oct. 11 at Robertson Stadium.

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