Petrucelli gets 300th career victory with 3-0 win over UTSA
Sept. 5, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- The eighth-ranked Texas Soccer team posted a 3-0 shutout over UTSA to give head coach Chris Petrucelli his 300th career victory, Friday night at Mike A. Myers stadium. The Longhorns are now 4-0 on the season, for their best start in program history.
UT scored all three goals in the first half and came out attacking from the first whistle. Sophomore Alisha Ortiz found the back of the net first as she recorded her first goal of the season in the eighth minute. Senior Kasey Moore's cross rebounded off a UTSA defender to Ortiz, who sent the ball past UTSA keeper Nicoline Joergensen into the lower left corner, giving UT the 1-0 advantage.
The Horns kept the pressure on the Roadrunner defense, scoring on their eighth shot just 10 minutes later. Freshman Amanda Lisberger headed a cross from Niki Arlitt back to freshman Courtney Goodson who was open in the middle of the box. Goodson fired the ball past Joergensen for her second goal of the season.
Texas connected on its third and final goal of the game in the 43rd minute. Moore played a perfect long ball from center field to senior Stephanie Logterman, who was in the upper left corner of the 18-yard area. Logterman struck the ball just inside the right post for her team-leading third goal of the 2008 campaign.
The UT backline dominated over the first half and didn't allow a UTSA shot until the 30th minute, an effort from 25 yards out. Texas outshot the Roadrunners 13-4 over the first period and went on to double UTSA's opportunities 16-8 by the end of the game.
Petrucelli played 21 of his athletes over the match, with the majority of his starters getting a rest in the second half.
With the win, the Longhorn mentor became just the seventh Division I coach to reach the 300 victory mark and the fourth to accomplish the feat in 18 seasons or less. Texas shutout its third opponent of the season and with just one goal allowed, recorded its best start in program history as no UT squad has allowed less than two goals over the first four matches.
Texas returns to action as it hosts Arizona Sunday night. First whistle is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Head Coach Chris Petrucelli
On tonight's performance: We went into the game with a plan of really trying to rotate players in and out. We wanted to rest a number of players and get minutes to some players that we think are going to be key for us in the future. Although, I think all of the subbing and changes disrupted the rhythm a little bit.
On Sunday's match against Arizona: That's a good team and it'll be a good game. They gave us more than we could handle last year in Tuscon. We're going to have to be really sharp in order to win the game.
On the upcoming schedule: We're starting to see a number of quality teams along the way. We've got to keep getting better.