Soccer releases 2007 schedule
AUSTIN, Texas -- NCAA College Cup semifinalist UCLA and three other NCAA participant schools highlight the 2007 Texas soccer schedule, announced on Friday, March 2 by head coach Chris Petrucelli.
The Longhorns host six regular-season, non-conference home matches, and head on the road for two away contests against PAC-10 programs Arizona and Arizona State. UT splits the 10-match Big 12 schedule with five tilts at Mike A. Myers Stadium, and five games around the league.
UT opens the season with its lone exhibition match against Minnesota in Austin on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. CT. The regular season starts with a home contest against TCU on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.
Following the match against the Horned Frogs, Texas and UCLA, one of four finalists for the National Championship, play at a neutral site in Houston on Sunday, Sept. 2. The match should be one of the toughest of the season as the Bruins ended the season ranked No. 3 with a record of 21-4-0.
Texas continues to play West Coast programs with matches against Arizona State on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. CT in Tempe, and Arizona on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. CT in Tucson.
Following the Arizona trip is a six-game home stand that stretches into the first Big 12 match on Sunday, Sept. 30 against Texas Tech at 7 p.m. CT. Over the course of two weeks, the Longhorns host UT-San Antonio (Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.), LSU (Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.), Houston (Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.), Stephen F. Austin (Sunday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.) and Wright State (Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.).
After the home contest against the Red Raiders, Texas travels for three of the next four conference matches. UT faces Iowa State in Ames on Friday, Oct. 5, defending regular season champion Texas A&M on Friday, Oct. 12, and Baylor on Sunday, Oct. 14. All matches start at 7 p.m. CT. The lone home game in that period takes place on Sunday, Oct. 7 against Nebraska at 1 p.m. CT.
Missouri comes to Austin on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. CT followed by a Sunday afternoon (Oct. 22) contest against Kansas at 1 p.m. CT.
The final road trip of the year takes the Longhorns to Oklahoma State on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. CT and Oklahoma on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. CT.
In the season finale, UT faces Colorado for the first time since the Longhorns defeated the Buffs in penalty kicks to win the 2006 Big 12 Soccer Championship. The match takes place on Friday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. CT in Austin.
The 2007 Big 12 Soccer Championship is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7, Friday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 11 at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. Times and teams will be announced at the conclusion of the regular season.
The NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament begins Nov. 16 with the first round. The 2007 NCAA College Cup is in College Station on Friday (Dec. 7) and Sunday (Dec. 9).
The 2006 season was one of the best on record for the Horns as UT boasted an 18-4-3 record, won its first Big 12 Soccer Championship title and tied its furthest advancement with a third round appearance in the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. Texas set school records in regular season wins (15), overall victories (18) and road wins (7).
Individually, Petrucelli was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Central Region Coach of the Year. Sophomore defender Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.) became the first Longhorns soccer player named a first-team NSCAA All-American. Junior scoring leader Kelsey Carpenter (Allen, Texas) netted enough votes for second-team honors.
2006 NSCAA opponents' final season rankings (as of Dec. 5, 2006)