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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Soccer

UH sees chance to move up in standings


The Cougars will hit the road again this weekend.

UH (4-8-0, 1-3-0 Conference USA) will face UTEP (9-3-1, 3-1-0 Conference USA) on Friday, and Colorado College (5-4-3, 3-0-1) on Sunday.

The Cougars dropped both of last weekend’s games on the road. They will have to start strong against a Miners squad coming off a 3-1 victory against Southern Miss. UTEP is currently ranked third in the C-USA standings and have lost to only No. 25 UCF in conference play.

Sunday’s matchup against second-place Colorado College will prove to be no easier. The Tigers are undefeated in their last six games, after most recently tying UCF 1-1.

Scoring only one goal in their previous two outings, the Cougars will need to find an offensive spark against two of the conference’s top-ranked teams.

The Cougars will have to hunker down defensively as well in order to shut down Tigers’ sophomore forward Lauren DiGregorio, who was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. The Cougars will be looking for leading goal-scorer Jessica Zavalza to step up as she has been left off the score sheet in the last three games.

Sitting at eighth in C-USA, the Cougars have their work cut out for them if they are to rise in the standings. Wins against two of the top three teams in C-USA will help their cause.

Friday’s matchup against the Miners kicks off at 8 p.m. at University Field in El Paso. The Cougars then face the Tigers at 1 p.m. Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo.


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