HUNTSVILLE - Sam Houston State Freshman Britni Martin scored the first goal of her college career Friday night in a 3-1 home-opening loss to University of Houston at Pritchett Field.
Martin, a freshman from Conroe, found the back of the net early in the
second half to cut the Cougar lead to 2-1. She took a pass from Deanna Long and buried it in the back of the net in the 56th minute. The Kats had two other chances to even the scored before the Cougars went up 3-1 in the 69th minute on a goal by Riley Canfield.
Houston scored a pair of goals in quick succession in the first half. After playing 20 minutes of scoreless soccer, Christine Nieva broke the ice with goal in the 21st minute. Three minutes later, Jessica Zavalza scored to put Houston up 2-0. The Cougars outshot SHSU 25-13.
In the 82nd minute Zavalza was given a yellow card and three minutes later was sent off the pitch with a red. Lynn Baker was also yellow carded in the 34th minute for Houston.
The Bearkats will be back in action Sunday when they take on Prairie View A&M at 1 p.m. at Pritchett.