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Volume 71, Issue 18, Thursday, September 15, 2005

Sports

UH soccer set to face in-state rivals

Soccer program hopes to keep its momentum going 
against Texas Southern, North Texas

By Lourdes Castillo
The Daily Cougar

The UH soccer team welcomes neighboring foes Texas Southern and North Texas to Robertson Stadium at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

The Cougars (3-2) enter weekend play after defeating rivals Sam Houston State 1-0 and Stephen F. Austin 3-1 in their last two games.

Leading the Cougars are senior forward Kristen Bay, junior forward Sophia Mundy and freshman midfielder Courtney Gaines.

Bay was the leading scorer for the Cougars during the aggressive game against SFA after putting two goals inside the net.

Mundy has contributed to UH's winning record with two goals, with her most recent also against SFA. 

Gaines displayed leadership skills early in her career when she stepped up and gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead after a penalty kick in the 88th minute during the face-off against SHSU.

Texas Southern, led by head coach Tracey Lashley, is on its way to bouncing back from an unsuccessful 2004 season that saw a series of setbacks and multiple injuries. Lashley entered her third season with the Lady Tigers with confidence and enthusiasm. However, the Lady Tigers began the season with two consecutive losses against Rice and Austin Peay, during which TSU was outscored 24-0. 

The Lady Tigers are led by junior forward Jennifer Tavera, sophomore midfielder Mireya Gutierrez and sophomore defender Sindy Flores. Tavera was named the 2003 Southwestern Athletic Conference's most valuable player after recording four goals and one assist with 23 shots on goal. Flores returns to the field after being named to the 2004 All-SWAC Second Team. Melissa Rocheford, Claudia Corrales and Eran Richard all return to contribute to the season after recovering from injuries. 

Other Lady Tigers include newcomers sophomore midfielder DeAnna Price, freshman sweeper Jessica Ferrufino and freshman midfielder Angelica LaBella. 

North Texas (3-4-1) comes to face the Cougars after blasting a 6-1 win against Sam Houston State. The Mean Green was lead by four freshman -- Brittany Cleveland, Gennifer Hurst, Kelli Lunsford and Jessie Wolfe. Cleveland recorded a hat trick, becoming the first North Texas freshman to do so since 2003. 

North Texas has claimed victory over Grambling State (6-0), Southern Methodist (3-1) and Texas State (3-0). The Mean Green has lost battles against Texas-El Paso (1-2) and Eastern Illinois (0-2) and tied Missouri State 1-1.

Also providing leadership for North Texas are sophomore forward Heather Hutyra, who was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, and senior goalkeeper Briana Buchanan, who broke the North Texas career shutout record with 17 and moved into third all-time with 193 saves during the 2004 season.

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