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Volume 72, Issue 34, Friday, October 6, 2006

Sports

UH hits road with hopes of improvement

by Jong Lee
The Daily Cougar

The Cougars (7-5-0, 1-1-0 Conference USA) have had a hard time on the road this season, only mustering up a win against Texas-San Antonio.

With that in mind, the Cougars will head to El Paso on Friday to play their first conference road match against Texas-El Paso (9-4-0, 0-2-0 C-USA) at 7 p.m.

Houston has faced the Miners three times and UTEP has come away with the last two wins.



Senior Forward Sophia Mundy leads the team with 21 points, seven goals and seven assists.

MATT CAMPBELL/The Daily Cougar

Like Houston's senior Sophia Mundy, the Miners also have an offensive threat in freshman Tameka Sumter. She has scored seven goals for UTEP this season.

"We will make sure we are always aware of where their forwards are on the field," head coach Bill Solberg said. "They have an incredible attack, so we have to make sure we have some cover behind the person defending."

UTEP has gotten off to a slow start in conference play, losing both of its games, but Solberg said the losses aren't a reflection of the team's skill.

"Their record has no merit on what type of team they are," Solberg said. This is another tournament-quality team we are going up against, so we need to be prepared for a battle and look to get some type of result."

The Cougars will head to Colorado College (8-2-1, 1-1-0 C-USA) to play the Tigers at noon Sunday for the first time in program history.

"They just got ranked in the region, so they will be yet another difficult challenge for us," Solberg said. "I know they like to attack in a 4-3-3 formation and they have some goal scorers as well. We will have to adjust to the altitude quickly and look to get numbers behind the ball and defend well."

Colorado College also boasts a great freshman scorer that the Cougars will have to deal with. 

Emily Beans has also put up seven goals this season and has taken the most shots on the team (28).

"I'm sure they will try to change the point of attack and get plenty of serves in the box," Solberg said.

The most impressive thing about the Tigers might be their defense. They've allowed only nine goals this season, limiting the opposition to .80 goals a game and 9.9 shots a game. 

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