Soccer invites Hurricane Katrina evacuees to match with No. 3 Portland
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas women's soccer program has offered tickets to Hurricane Katrina evacuees still being housed in the Austin Convention Center for its match with No. 3 Portland at 7:30 p.m. Central on Friday, Sept. 16 at Myers Stadium.
This offer comes on the heels of a group of UT student-athletes, which included more than half of the Longhorns women's soccer roster, volunteering their time on Saturday, Sept. 10 to help in the process of moving evacuees into a local Austin apartment complex (Arbors of Austin).
Not only were Austin Convention Center evacuees and volunteers provided with 1,000 tickets to the match (more would be provided if necessary), which is being presented by H-E-B, but they were also given a flyer indicating how to use the Capital Metro bus service to arrive at Myers Stadium.
"We were happy about the opportunity to help last weekend at the apartment complex and are equally excited about welcoming the evacuees and volunteers to the game tomorrow night," UT head women's soccer coach Chris Petrucelli said. "While it may be a small gesture, every little bit helps in this time of need and adjustment."
As the Horns are doing their part to help, their opponent, the Portland Pilots, are also chipping in with relief efforts. To that end, the Portland women's soccer team has begun a G.O.A.L.S. Initiative, asking fans through their Web site to consider pledging a dollar amount per goal scored by the team during the season. For more information on that program, log onto .
Fans wishing to purchase tickets for this match as well as the Horns' remaining home contests, should buy them at the gate, over the phone (1-800-982-BEVO).