As UIW makes the transition to Division I there are going to be matches against some strong schools and on Friday night that was the case when Houston came to Benson Field. UIW did well but just couldn’t hold on, falling in a 2-0 loss.
The Cardinals started the match brightly and had two good chances in the first five minutes of the match. The first came in the third minute from freshman Brooke Hanson, before Sam Batley was on the end of a counter two minutes later, but her shot was denied by the Houston keeper.
But Houston only needed one look to open the scoring, after finally getting in to the match it came in the 15th minute. Selena Peters was able to create space for herself on the corner of the box, she shot powerfully across the face and in to the back of the net, giving the Cougars the lead.
Now a goal down, UIW was forced to respond, but the Cardinals struggled to really break down the Houston defense. They had more shots, but those were often off target, and those that were rarely gave much trouble to the keeper, keeping it 1-0 at the break.
The second half saw the Cougars really control the half from the opening whistle as they looked to kill off the match. It took just five minutes for that to happen when Houston added to their lead as Margo McEntire crossed in for Deseree Brown who easily buried the chance, making it two for Houston.
From their Houston practically cruised to the win as they managed to just hold back UIW, who failed to do much of anything in the second half. Despite that, UIW could be pleased that they pushed a strong team like Houston for at least 45 minutes, and that will encourage them as they head to conference play next month.