Cougars Blank Owls on Senior Night

HOUSTON – Forward Janna Singleton and midfield Samantha Wihe led the University of Houston football program to a 3-0 shutout victory over Temple on Thursday night’s senior night at the Carl Lewis International complex.

The Cougars (6-7-3, 2-4-2 Americans) concluded their season playing a dominant full 90 minutes, recording 17 shots in the game, holding off the Owls (1-11-4, 0-8-0 Americans ) three times in the evening.

Before the start of the game, Houston honored its seven seniors madison dichiara, Madison Equipment, Rylie Haussler, Janna Singleton, Addie Tate as well as the captains Emma Clark and Taylor Garza Freeman for their accomplishments during their time as Cougars.

Houston set the tone from the start of the attack by applying pressure in the 18-yard box by posting the first shot of the game.

After midfield Caitlyn Matthews got a free kick near the top of the penalty area, the midfielder Samantha Wihe took the set-piece and tucked the ball into the right corner to open the scoring at 1-0 in the fourth minute.

Houston kept his foot on the pedal as he continued to push into the box and created several scoring chances. The Cougars capitalized on a turnover from Temple as a forward Janna Singleton put his right foot on the ball for a goal at 11e minute to double the lead to 2-0.

The Cougars continued to press the ball and force turnovers as they edged the Owls 8-2 in the first half heading into halftime.

Going into the second half, Houston stayed on offense and missed a third as a shot from Matthews hit the crossbar. The momentum never faltered as the Cougars extended their lead to 3-0 as Singleton doubled and picked up his brace with a goal in the 67e minute.

Temple pushed to pull one back in the final 15 minutes of the game, but Houston’s defense was too strong as the Cougars closed out the game with a win.

Singleton scored two goals on four shots, finishing the season as Houston’s leading scorer with five goals. Goalkeeper Haley Woodward earned his second career clean sheet with three saves on the night.

As Houston wrapped up its final season in the American Athletic Conference, the Cougars will now focus on the Big 12 Conference on July 1.st2023.

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