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Volume 71, Issue 11, Tuesday, September 6, 2005


UH soccer gets first win on home field

Cougars blank Lady Tigers; team will face Texas Christian today

Cougar Sports Services

The Houston soccer team played its first 2005 season home game against Grambling State on Sunday, in which the Cougars beat the Lady Tigers 4-0.

"It's always nice to get your first win on your home field," head coach Bill Solberg said in a press release. "We talked about going undefeated at home this season. This is a good start to reaching that goal." 

During Houston's home season opener, junior transfer Sophia Mundy scored her first two goals as a Cougar during the 4-0 victory over Grambling State.
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UH controlled the gameplay, recording 33 shots compared to seven by the Lady Tigers. The blasting began in the 22nd minute when junior Sarah Fisher assisted junior transfer Sophia Mundy to record her first career goal as a Cougar and put UH 1-0.

Fisher followed the action with a goal of her own only four minutes later. The goal off the top post helped Fisher record her fifth career goal.

"I thought that the goals that we scored were good," Solberg said in a press release. "Some of the buildups and combinations we played to get it in-line and serve the ball back were good. "We just have to fine-tune a couple of things and add to our goals throughout the year."

At the 58:07 mark, freshman Abbey Betlach assisted Mundy's second goal of the night. Freshman Courtney Gaines found Brittney Pfeiffer, who then assisted Betlach to put UH up 4-0 at the 88-minute mark. 

Senior Stephanie Pucek saw time protecting the net for the second time this season. Pucek limited Baylor to only one goal during the Cougars' season opener and recorded five saves against Grambling State.

Next on the Cougars' schedule is today's match against former Conference USA foe Texas Christian. 

The Horned Frogs fell behind 3-2 during their most recent match against Southern Methodist on Friday. Senior Moran Lavi began TCU's scoring in the second half with her first goal of the season. Lavi also assisted the second goal of the night that allowed freshman Caroline Starns to put the Horned Frogs down by only one goal. 

TCU leads the all-time series against UH 5-2 after the Cougars were defeated 3-0 last season and 3-2 during the 2003 meet between the two rivals.

The action is set to begin at 3 p.m. today at Robertson Stadium. 

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