Aug. 25, 2009
MATCH #2: Texas (0-1-0) vs. Houston (0-1-0)
When: 7 p.m. Central, Friday, August 28
Where: Mike A. Myers Stadium, Austin, Texas
Live Stats: Follow the play-by-play on Gametracker
Live Video: Watch Texas Soccer home games live on FREE TexasSports.TV
All-time Series Record: 3-1-0
Last Meeting: UT def. UH, 4-0, in Austin, Sept. 21, 2007
Petrucelli vs. Houston: 2-1-0
Ticket Promos for Houston Match
• Food drive: With the donation of five canned goods, receive a voucher for one free ticket.
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About the All-Time Series
The Longhorns own a 3-1-0 record over Houston including a two-match win streak. Texas has a 2-1-0 record when playing the Cougars in Austin and last defeated UH at Myers 4-0, on Sept. 21, 2007. Texas was slated to face the Cougars in 2008 but the match was cancelled due to inclement weather from Hurricane Ike.
Texas Soccer doesn't let a loss sit long as it has not suffered back-to-back losses since the 2005 season (11/4 and 11/11) and prior to that, you have to go back to the 2003 campaign to find any two-loss stretches.
Last time out vs. TCU (Aug. 21)
Texas dropped a 2-1 decision in its home opener to TCU, Friday, Aug. 21. Freshman Leah Fortune netted the Longhorns' lone goal in the fifth minute. Fortune connected on a drop kick from keeper Alexa Gaul and was able to volley the ball right over the hands of TCU's keeper. The Horned Frogs snapped a 26-match home unbeaten streak for the Longhorns, dating back to 2006.
Returning for the Horns
Texas returns 15 players, including seven starters, from last year's class that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Preseason All-Big 12 selection and co-captain Erica Campanelli (Jr., D) leads the group along with 2008 Big 12 All-Newcomer pick Courtney Goodson (So., F) and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-America Third Team honoree Kylie Doniak (So., M).
The Longhorns 2009 roster is loaded with young talent this year. Out of the 24 players, there are eight freshmen, six sophomores, five juniors and three seniors. Four of the seven returning starters are sophomore along with four freshmen who started in the Horns' preseason scrimmage at LSU.
The Longhorns are ranked in the top 25 in both national coaches' polls.. SoccerTimes.com's new poll gave UT a No. 25 ranking (Aug. 24)while the Longhorns also earned the No. 25 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas poll (Aug. 25). UT has been ranked in the nation's top 25 for 69-straight games dating back to Sept. 7, 2006.
Big 12 Preseason Honors
UT was picked to finish fifth in the 2009 Big 12 Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll while junior defender Erica Campanelli earned Preseason All-Conference honors for the first time. Texas A&M and Missouri tied for first followed by Colorado and Oklahoma State.
Campin' in Corpus
The Longhorns took a different approach to their annual preseason two-a-day training camp as they took it to the beach this year. UT spent a week in Corpus Christi training at Cabaniss Field twice a day along with doing resistance training workouts in the sand. The Longhorns also hosted a youth clinic that was attended by over 200 Corpus youth athletes.
2008 NCAA Recap
Texas advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Championship, marking the team's eighth-straight appearance in the postseason tournament. UT opened play at the Portland Soccer Complex with a 1-0 victory over Washington State. Senior Emily Anderson netted the Horns' lone goal in the match, for her first goal in postseason play. In the Second Round, Texas fell to host Portland, 2-0.
A Brazilian Fortune
Freshman Leah Fortune brings international experience to the UT roster this year as the West Chicago, Ill., native has been a part of the Brazilian U-20 National team since she was 17 and was the youngest player invited to the Brazilian Women's National Team training camp on two occasions during 2009.
In his 11th season at UT, head coach Chris Petrucelli owns an overall record of 309-87-28 (.761) and a 135-65-18 (.661) record at UT. Petrucelli has the seventh-highest winning percentage among active Division I coaches and ranks eighth in wins.