Soccer preview: Louisville and Kentucky
Sept. 8, 2009
MATCH #5: Texas (1-3-0) vs. Louisville (2-2-0)
MATCH #6: Texas (1-3-0) vs. Kentucky (2-1-1)
About the Series ... This weekend will mark the second meeting between Texas and both Louisville and Kentucky. The Longhorns traveled to Kentucky a year ago where they scored three goals in two minutes to beat the Wildcats 3-1 before taking down the Cardinals two days later 1-0 in 2OT.
Spreading the Offense Around... Five different Longhorns have scored for UT this season, two of which came from the midfield. Freshmen forwards Leah Fortune and Becka Rivera along with sophomore Kylie Doniak (Mid.), Courtney Goodson (F) and Lucy Keith (Mid.) have netted goals for the Horns.
Underclassmen making immediate impact ... UT's freshmen and sophomores have made an immediate impact for the Horns through three games this season. All six of UT's goals have come from the underclassmen while the group also accounts for 30 of Texas' 44 starting positions over the first four matches.
Goodson Brings in the Goals ... With her two goals against California (Sept. 6), sophomore Courtney Goodson recorded the second multi-goal game of her career. With two mutli-goal matches under her belt, Goodson becomes one of 15 athletes in program history to record more than one 2+ goal match in a career. She is also the first to accomplish the feat since she did it a year ago against Arizona (Sept. 17, 2008).
Arlitt racking up the Assists ... Junior Niki Arlitt has quickly picked up two assists in the Longhorns' first four matches, making her just one shy of her 2008 season total of three. The mid/forward is also three short of cracking into UT's career record book for assists as she currently has 10 total dishes.
Myers Advantage ... The Longhorns host 12 opponents during the 2009 season, marking the most home matches in program history. Since 2002, Texas has posted a home record of 57-7-7 (.852) since 2002 and owns a record of 75-16-8 (.792) since Myers opened in 1999.
Last time out vs. No. 14/16 California (Sept. 6)... The Longhorns fell to their first ranked opponent of the year (No. 14/16 Cal), 4-2, in Berkeley, Sunday, Sept. 6. Sophomore Courtney Goodson's two goals late in the second half weren't enough as the Bears netted three in a span of six minutes for the win.