MATCH #5: No. 6 Texas Longhorns (3-1-0) vs. UT-San Antonio Roadrunners (1-3-1)
When: Friday, Sept. 14, 2007 at 7 p.m. CT
Where: Austin, Texas (Mike A. Myers Stadium; capacity 20,000)
All-Time Series Record: First meeting
Last Meeting: Texas won a preseason exhibition match 3-0 on Aug. 18, 2006 in Austin, Texas
Petrucelli vs. UTSA: First meeting
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Location: Parking lot south of Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium
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Texas Hosts UT-San Antonio
The No. 7 Longhorns, under the direction of UT head coach Chris Petrucelli, host UT-San Antonio at Mike A. Myers Stadium this Friday, Sept. 14 (7 p.m.) in a match which kicks off a six-game homestand for the 3-1 Horns. Texas will play at home at Myers Stadium through the rest of September, and won't be traveling again until October 5 when they head to Ames, Iowa to face Big 12 opponent Iowa State.
Texas and its I-35 southern neighbor UTSA, have never met during the regular season. The Longhorns and Roadrunners did square off in an exhibition match last August in UTSA's first season as a varsity program.
UT Ties Best Start in Program History
With a 3-0-0 beginning to the 2007 campaign, Texas tied the best start in school history with its 1-0 win over Arizona State last Friday in Tempe. Arizona. Despite following that win with a loss two days later at Arizona (2-0), the Longhorns' current record of 3-1-0 is also a program-best through four season-opening matches.
UT started the season 3-0-0 for the third time in school history, as Texas also opened the 1999 and 2002 campaigns with three consecutive wins. The Longhorns have started the season 3-1-0 six times (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007).
Pfenninger Tied For First In Career Wins
With her next win, Texas junior goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger (Houston, Texas) will become UT's all-time career recordholder for victories. The third-year keeper, with 28 victories in the nets, is tied for first in wins with Texas Ex Alex Gagarin (2001-04).
Pfenninger, who went 16-4-3 with seven shutouts a year ago as UT advanced to the NCAA round of 16, currently has 12 career shutouts. She stands four shutouts away from tying the UT career record of 16, held by Cami Varnadore (1996-99).
In the National Rankings
As of Sept. 11, the Longhorns are ranked in the top seven in four national coaches polls. Texas is No. 6 in the SoccerBuzz coaches poll and is ranked No. 7 in the three other polls- Soccer America magazine poll, SoccerTimes.com poll and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas coaches poll.
The Longhorns are one of four teams from the Big 12 Conference ranked this week in the NSCAA coaches poll. The seventh-ranked UT squad is joined by Texas A&M (No. 6), Colorado (No. 19) and Oklahoma State (No. 21).
Carpenter On Edge of Career Game-Winning Goals Record
NSCAA All-American and senior forward Kelsey Carpenter (Allen, Texas) is one game-winning goal shy of tying the game-winning goal career record of 13, a mark co-held by former Longhorn All-Americans Kelly Wilson (2001-04) and Kelly McDonald (2001-04). Carpenter, who set the UT single-season game-winning goal (GWG) mark last year with eight GWGs, now has 12 in her career after she was credited with the game-winning score in the 3-1 TCU win on Aug. 31.
All-Americans Lead Scoring Assault
UT's All-America duo of senior forward Carpenter junior defender Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.) currently leads the team this year in scoring. The two have accounted for 50 percent of UT's total points to date (8 of 16 total points), as each has netted two goals (four points apiece).
Carpenter scored two goals in the 3-1 win over TCU (Aug. 31), while Moore also scored against TCU and had the equalizing goal in the upset 2-1 decision over No. 2 UCLA (Sept. 2). Last year, Moore captured National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America First Team honors, becoming the first Longhorn player to earn first team plaudits, while Carpenter was an NSCAA Second Team selection.
Freshmen Contribute on the Board to Start the Season
Through four matches, three of UT's top five point scorers are freshmen.
Brooke Lee (Mesquite, Texas), last week's Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, is third in scoring with one goal and one assist for three points. She had the game-winning tally against No. 2 UCLA and an assist in the win over Arizona State. Houston native Niki Arlitt is fourth in scoring after netting two points on her game-winning goal against the Arizona Sun Devils (Sept. 7), while rookie Alisha Ortiz (Highland Village, Texas) has one assist (tallied in the UCLA match).
Next Up: Three Matches in a Three-Day Stretch
Following Friday night's matchup with UTSA, the Longhorns will not play again during the weekend. Instead, UT will face three opponents in a six-game stretch, beginning with a match against SEC foe LSU on Tuesday, Sept. 18 (7 p.m.). UT continues its home span of games with matches against intrastate opponents Houston (Friday, Sept. 21) and Stephen F. Austin (Sun., Sept 30), both at 7 p.m. at Myers Stadium.