Memphis Unable to Finish in 1-0 Loss to Houston
Oct. 14, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis (9-6-0, 5-3-0 C-USA) placed 10 shots on goal, but failed to find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to Houston (6-6-3, 2-2-3 C-USA) on Sunday at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
Memphis got in the shot column with Kaitlyn Atkins' shot that went inches wide of the right post in the ninth minute. Just under a minute later, Katelyn Rhodes had a breakaway and had only freshman goalkeeper Christa Strickland to beat. Strickland stood her ground and made the save to keep the Cougars off the board.
In the 19th minute, Taylor Isenhower received a cross in the center of the box and attempted a shot. Her shot was saved by Houston goalkeeper Cami Koski just feet from the goal line. Memphis finished the first half with an 8-2 shots edge and a 6-1 edge in shots on goal.
The Cougars took control in the 53rd minute with a goal by Katelyn Rhodes. Rhodes received a pass from Jasmine Martinez and finished the shot to the back left post for her third on the year. Five minutes later, the Cougars nearly made it 2-0, but Strickland rose to the occasion and punched a shot Rhodes over the net to force a corner kick.
Memphis nearly equalized in the 71st minute when Kaitlyn Atkins served the fifth Memphis corner of the match. Atkins serve was a perfect strike into the box and Sarah Daane was able to get a header on frame, but the shot clanked off the crossbar.
Koski made an impressive save in the 85th minute to preserve the shutout as Daane shot from the top of box. Koski punched it over the goal to force a corner. Atkins fired a shot later off the corner, but Koski made her 10th save on the play to keep the Cougars ahead 1-0.
Memphis out-shot the Cougars 18-6 on the game and held a 10-4 edge in shots on goal. Koski finished with 10 saves in the match while Strickland had three.
With the loss, Memphis loses back-to-back matches via shutout for first time since Sept. 17 and Sept. 22, 2006. The Lady Tigers also drop three-straight matches in C-USA play for first time since the 2004 season.
Memphis begins a three-game road trip at Tulsa on Friday at 6 p.m.