College Soccer

Cougars Fall 2-0 in Season Opener

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HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar women’s soccer program fell 2-0 against Texas State in the 2015 season opener at Carl Lewis Field on Friday. Logo Houston Cougars 1250x1250

Friday’s match saw an hour-and-forty minute rain and lightning delay before the match could begin, and the teams stayed deadlocked for most of the first half following the opening kickoff. The Bobcats had the first chance to score early in the first half when a Lynsey Curry shot was turned away by senior goalkeeper Jordan Brown. Brown finished the game with five saves moving her into a tie for seventh in program history with 88 saves.

The Cougars had their best chances in the first half on back-to-back attempts by sophomore forward Selena Peters. In the 16th minute, Peters found herself all alone with just the keeper to beat, but chipped the ball just over the bar. Less than two minutes later, Peters was again in by herself, but was turned away by Texas State keeper Caitlynn Rinehart with a tremendous kick save.

The Bobcats would find the scoreboard for the first time in the 39th minute when Curry played a ball through the middle to Lauren Prater for the team’s first goal of the season. Texas State would score again late, with the Cougars down a player, when Curry got in all alone on a crisp pass across the middle and finished into the left side of the net, in the 89th minute.

“I was disappointed in the game tonight, because we had a great preseason and played very well coming into this game,” fourth-year head coach Chris Pfau said. “We came out like we had never played with each other before. We still make these games bigger than they, are and we lose the game before we ever step out on the field.”

Five newcomers made their Houston Cougar soccer debuts in the contest including transfer Claire Salazar as well as freshmen Hayley Hubbard, Desiree Bowen, Sydney Daubendiek and Sevie Cole. Salazar and Hubbard each earned starts in the game, and logged a combined 136 minutes.

“The good thing is we created a lot of good chances in the first half; chances that we did not create last year.” Pfau said. “But we cannot keep missing breakaways the way we are. That game could have been different if we scored first. When you get those chances and don’t finish them they will come back and hurt you.”

UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON

Houston has Sunday off from competition, but will hold the Red and White Intramural Scrimmage on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. The Cougars will split up their squad and play a 45 minute half, before allowing all children eighth grade and younger onto the field to participate with the team.

Admission to the event is free.

The Cougars hit the road on Friday, Aug. 28 to take on the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. That game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., CST and will air on the Pac-12 Network.

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The Houston Fan Experience Headquarters is proud to offer the Shasta Pass for the 2015-16 athletic season. For just $50, Cougar fans can purchase one Shasta Pass, which allows season-long general admission entrance to all Houston Soccer, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball and Softball home games.

The Shasta Pass offers Houston fans a substantial savings as single-game tickets start at $8 for all four sports. Fans can save $126 alone during the Houston Volleyball and Soccer seasons. To purchase a Shasta Pass, CLICK HERE.

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