The UH soccer program spent the end of August out of town searching for its first road victory. Falling short of that goal in Nacogdoches and Denton, the Cougars crossed state lines and reached their goal with a 2-1 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday.
Sophomore forward Kayla Walker opened the scoreboard at 26:31, marking her second goal of the season. After the first half, the score remained 1-0 until senior forward Katelyn Rhodes added the Cougars’ final score of the night at 70:48 with an assist by Walker. Twelve minutes later Erin Lynn sunk the Cajun’s only goal.
“The game was a good win for us,” head coach Chris Pfau said in a statement.
“We settled down as the game went on and played as a team for the entire 90 minutes.”
Despite nine Cougar goal attempts, a repeat of Friday was not possible two days later against Louisiana State University.
In what Pfau described as a tentative first 20 minutes, the Tigers managed to score their first goal at 3:38 and their second and final at 39:31.
“The great thing is that we came out in the second half and played great soccer,” Pfau said.
“We competed with them and hopefully that showed us that if we have that kind of mind set, we can do good things.”
Even so, Pfau considered the weekend a success.
“Overall it was a good weekend for us,” Pfau said. “We are starting to figure out who we are and are excited going into next weekend.”
The Cougars will travel to Tempe, Ariz. this week to compete in the Sun Desert Classic where they will face in state rivals Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Sunday.