Soccer caps off spring exhibitions with 5-2 win over Tec de Monterey
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas women’s soccer team defeated Tec de Monterey by a score of 5-2 at Whitaker Fields on Sunday April 9.
Behind the win, the Longhorns rounded out their spring exhibition schedule with an unblemished 5-0-1 record.
The Texas offense dominated the contest, creating numerous scoring opportunities throughout. The Longhorns jumped ahead only five minutes into play when Jill Gilbeau served the ball high in the air to Leslie Imber on the right side of the opposing penalty area. Imber then fired a shot past the keeper by placing it into the right corner of the goal to stake Texas to a 1-0 lead.
Then in the 35th minute, Carrie Schmitt headed a corner kick from Caitlin Kennedy into the net from six yards out, placing the Horns up by a score of 2-0. Trailing from behind early, Tec de Monterey responded with a goal four minutes later to make the score 2-1.
Even so, the goal did not stop the Longhorns’ offense, which found the back of the net again in the 47th minute. Ashley Foster took control of a loose ball in the midfield and dribbled through a maze of defensive players, including the keeper, before netting the Longhorns’ third goal of the match. Five minutes later, junior Yobel Gaski took a shot on a breakaway that brought Tec de Monterey’s goalkeeper out of the net to make the save. Tracey Whitley then picked up the loose ball rebound before the keeper could recover and ripped the ball into the back of the net, lifting the Horns to a 4-1 advantage.
“I think we were explosive going forward and created numerous scoring opportunities,” said UT head coach Chris Petrucelli. “Our ability to use our entire roster for significant minutes was extremely positive. It was hard to find a player who did not have a good performance.”
Tec de Monterey rallied again in the 77th minute, scoring another goal to make it a 4-2 contest, but the Texas offense did not let down. With a minute left in regulation, Kelsey Carpenter settled a pass from Amy Burlingham and located her shot to the right of the keeper to cap the Longhorns’ 5-2 victory. Notably, Avery Allen, Dana Hall and Dianna Pfenninger all spent time in goal for the Longhorns en route to clinching the squad’s fifth win of the spring.
“I think we had a very productive spring and it’s nice to see the improvement in our players,” said Petrucelli. “We are a much better team now than we were last fall. The players have matured both physically and mentally. We are now headed into next season with a good deal of momentum.”
The Horns will return to the field to begin practice for the 2006 regular season in August.