Hi 70 / Lo 49
|Volume 68, Issue 53,
Thursday, November 7, 2002
UH loses to ECU in 1st round
Cougar Sports Staff
The dream is over.
The UH soccer team lost to East Carolina 2-0 in the first round of the Conference USA Womenis Soccer Tournament on Wednesday to end the season on a disappointing note in Charlotte, N.C. East Carolina is going on to play Cincinnati at 5 p.m. today. The No. 2 Lady Bearcats blew past No. 7 South Florida 3-1 earlier in the day to advance to the semifinals.
No. 5 Marquette upset No. 4 Saint Louis 2-1 in double-overtime and will face No. 1 Charlotte, which defeated No. 8 Memphis 2-0, on the other side of the bracket. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament Wednesday.
The No. 6 Cougars continued to play their trademark defense, stifling the No. 3 Lady Pirates through the first half. Freshman goalkeeper Erin Ferguson was able to make a save off ECUis lone shot on goal of the half. But the Lady Pirates turned up the offensive effort in the second half, outshooting the Cougars 8-1, including three shots on goal.
Sophomore Nikki Hawkins led UH with two shots on goal, while freshman forward Kelly Golden had one.
ECU forward Meghan McCallion ended the shutout in the 59th minute as she took a long lead-pass from ECU goalkeeper Michelle Kmiotek and got it past Ferguson for the deciding first goal.
The Lady Pirates put the game away with a second goal in the 81st minute. ECU midfielder Amanda Duffy connected on a pass to give the Lady Pirates the 2-0 lead.
The Cougars may have played solid defense, but they were never able to get going offensively as they were outshot 12-3 for the game, including 6-0 on shots on goal.
"I thought we did a pretty good job of controlling the flow of the game early playing into the wind," Lady Pirates head coach Rob Donnenwirth said. "I told our team at halftime that we need to get the ball into the box and we were fortunate to get two goals doing that."
The Cougars have not failed to make it to the tournament since the programis debut in 1998. They also have not advanced past the first round since 1999. That year, a 10-8-1 team went into the tournament and beat South Florida in the first round but tied with Charlotte 2-2 in quadruple-overtime in the semifinals.
The 2002 Cougars finished the season at 8-8-3 and 4-4-3 in C-USA. They have only finished below .500 once in the programis five-year history (8-9-1 in 2001).
Wednesdayis loss was the final game in a UH uniform for senior defender Ashley Fortenberry. Fortenberry, junior defender Allison Sinclair and Hawkins were named to the Second-Team All-Conference USA. Golden was named to the All-Freshman Team.
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