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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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SOCCER: Cougars fit to be tied in Dallas


The Cougars ended their second road trip of the conference schedule with mixed results Sunday after a 1-1 tie with SMU.

Head coach Susan Bush said she changed little for Sunday’s match against SMU, which started the match with the same record as the Cougars. UH entered the match fully understanding that a positive result was needed to keep its conference hopes alive.

The game went into double overtime after Cougars midfielder Avery Blasi equalized the match late in the second half. Blasi also had the only real opportunity in the extra periods when her header off of a corner kick hit the post just before the final buzzer rang.

Bush was hoping to salvage a split with a win Sunday, but was still pleased with the point gained.

‘We told them it was a must-win game and we got a point out of it, so we’re still in the hunt for the conference tournament,’ Bush said.

Although the Cougars ended up with only one out of a possible six points this weekend, they are still in contention to go into the Conference USA tournament. With a record of 3-7-1 and a conference record of 1-2-1, the Cougars are in the middle of the C-USA pack.’ ‘

Bush said after the game that the postseason is a definite possibility for her team. But, she reinforced the need to earn wins down the stretch of the season.

‘The top six teams out of twelve go, and were not out of it mathematically,’ Bush said. ‘We have to take care of business in the next couple of games and get some points there.’

After paying their dues on the road the last two weekends, the Cougars will welcome Memphis and UAB to Robertson Stadium next weekend. They host the Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday and UAB at 1 p.m. Sunday.’


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