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UH freshman wins first American Athletic Conference honor

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BY ROMAN PETROWSKI

University of Houston freshman defender Hayley Hubbard has been named The American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after her performance in Houston’s weekend matchups versus Incarnate Word and North Texas.

Hubbard’s award is the first Defensive Player of the Week award Houston has received since moving to The American Athletic Conference and the first Conference Player of the Week award since senior goalkeeper Jordan Brown was named Rookie of the Week on Aug. 25 last season. Hubbard has appeared in all five games for Houston in 2015, while making four starts and logging 342 minutes. The Spring, Texas native has played full time for the Cougars in each of their last three matches.

Hubbard logged full-time in each of the two matches, playing 180 total minutes, and was an integral part of the Cougar defense that held Incarnate Word scoreless for the team’s first shutout of 2015. Hubbard also added her first career point for the Cougars when she assisted on sophomore Selena Peters’ goal in the 67th minute of the Incarnate Word match.

The Cougars split a pair of matches on the weekend after defeating Incarnate Word on Friday, 4-0, before falling to North Texas on Sunday, 3-0. Sophomore Hannah Dauzat and freshman Desiree Bowen also picked up their first Cougar points in Friday’s match after each scored a goal in the contest.

Houston will return home to the Carl Lewis Field on Friday, Sept. 11, with the Cougars squaring off against McNeese State. Houston defeated McNeese State 2-1 in Lake Charles, La. a year ago and holds a 5-0-0 all-time record in the series.

Following the matchup with McNeese State, the Cougars will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. The two squads have met each of the last two seasons with the 2014 version ending in a 0-0 draw, and the Cougars winning the 2013 edition (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s historical first match in program history) by a final score of 2-1.

The weekend starts a string of five straight home games for the Cougars that will also see Louisiana-Lafayette come to town on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m., and then American Athletic Conference foes East Carolina and Cincinnati on Thursday, Sept. 24 ( 7 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 27 (1 p.m.) respectively.

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