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Volume 68, Issue 52, Wednesday, November 6, 2002


UH aims for C-USA goal

By Lauren McFarlane
The Daily Cougar

The drive for five consecutive Conference USA womenis soccer tournaments was secured with a last-second score Sunday. Now, the No. 6 Cougar team begins advancing toward its goal of making it past the first round as it meets No. 3 East Carolina at 2:30 p.m. today in Charlotte, N.C. It will be the first meeting between the schools this season. UH last played ECU during the Piratesi first season in C-USA on Sept. 23, 2001. The Cougars lost that game 1-0 in Greenville, N.C. 

ECU midfielder Amanda Duffy leads the Pirates with 10 goals this season and was a First Team All-Conference USA selection.

Sophomore midfielder Nikki Hawkins and the Cougars will play East Carolina in the first round of the Conference USA Womenis Soccer Tournament at 2:30 p.m. today.

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The Cougars went 1-2-1 against other teams in the tournament but tied top-seeded Charlotte, 2-2, at Robertson Stadium on Sept. 20. UH lost to No. 2 Cincinnati, 1-0, on Sept. 29 and to No. 7 South Florida, 3-2, on Oct. 20.

The complete rankings are the following: No.1 Charlotte (15-0-2, 8-0-2 in C-USA, regular season conference champion); No. 2 Cincinnati (13-3-3, 6-1-3); No. 3 East Carolina (10-5-4, 5-2-3); No. 4 Saint Louis (13-5-1, 6-3-1); No. 5 Marquette (11-6-3, 5-3-2); No. 6 Houston (8-7-3, 4-3-3); No. 7 South Florida (8-7-2, 4-4-2); and No. 8 Memphis (9-9-1, 5-5).

Cincinnati battles South Florida at noon, Marquette plays Saint Louis at 5 p.m. and Memphis and Charlotte end the first round at 7:30 p.m. Should Houston advance, the Cougars will play either Cincinnati or South Florida at 5 p.m. Thursday. The final game will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament beginning Wednesday.

Charlotte boasts the leagueis top scorer (freshman forward Courtney Crandell has scored 20 goals this season and was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year), but Cincinnati is the conferenceis defending champion.

The Cougars will head into the tournament with senior defender Ashley Fortenberry, junior defender Allison Sinclair and sophomore midfielder Nikki Hawkins, who were named to the Second Team All-Conference USA. Freshman forward Kelly Golden was named to the All-Freshman team.

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