Sept. 24, 2008
Complete match notes
MATCH #9: No. 7 Texas (7-0-1) vs. No. 8 Texas A&M (7-1-0)
STATE FARM LONE STAR SHOWDOWN
When: Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 at 7 p.m. Central
Where: Austin, Texas (Mike A. Myers Stadium)
Internet Video: Watch Texas Soccer home games FREE on TexasSports.TV
Internet Audio: Listen to Texas Soccer home games on subscription-based Yahoo! Sports College Broadcast.
Live Stats: Follow the play-by-play with Gametracker
All-time Series Record: 5-15-0
Last Meeting: Texas def. Texas A&M, 3-2, in NCAA Second Round, College Station, (Nov. 17, 2007)
Petrucelli vs. Texas A&M: 5-8-0
Texas off to best start in program history
The Longhorns are off to their best start in program history with their 7-0-1 mark. Texas opponents have been held to just four goals during that stretch, a program-low.
Longhorns open Big 12 play with No. 8 Texas A&M
UT is 8-4-0 in Big 12 openers all-time which includes a 5-0-0 mark at home. Texas has only faced A&M once in a conference opener and that match was contested in College Station. The match will also be the Longhorns' second-straight against a ranked opponent.
Last time Texas opened Big 12 play with A&M
No. 15 Aggies won 3-1 in College Station (Sept. 10, 2004)
Texas - Texas A&M Series
The Aggies own a 5-15-0 mark all time against Texas but the Longhorns hold the advantage as of late, winning four of the last five contests. Last season, the squads met three times, highlighted by a UT victory in the Big 12 Championship match and a second round win that knocked the Aggies out of the NCAA Championship on their home field. Both teams have been ranked in the nation's Top 10 in the each of the last four meetings.
Moore and Gaines rack up weekly accolades
After 2-1 wins over previously-unbeaten TCU and No. 18 California, seniors Kasey Moore and Courtney Gaines racked up three weekly honors. Gaines was named the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week after assisting on three of UT's four goals over the weekend. Moore received national attention being named both Soccer Buzz and Soccer America's National Teams of the week for her gamewinning goal over No. 18 California.
Home Field Advantage
Texas currently owns a 21-game unbeaten streak at home dating back to the 2006 campaign, the longest such stretch in UT soccer history. The Horns' last loss at Mike A. Myers Field came on Sept. 29, 2006 to the No. 17 Oklahoma State Cowgirls (0-1). UT welcomes 11 opponents to their home pitch this season.
UT Faces Ranked Competition
Texas plays host to its second-straight ranked opponent with Friday's match against the No. 8 (SoccerTimes) Texas A&M Aggies. The Longhorns own a 12-9-1 record against ranked foes at home since 2001 and have won six of their last eight in Austin. UT is 2-0-0 against ranked opponents this season after defeating No. 18 California, 2-1, at home (Sept. 21) and No. 25 Louisville in Kentucky, 1-0 in double overtime (Aug. 31).
The Longhorns are ranked in the top 10 in all four national coaches' polls entering the A&M match. Texas is rated No. 7 by SoccerTimes.com and Soccer America. Soccer Buzz gave UT a No. 8 ranking while the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas poll has UT in the No. 9 slot. UT has been ranked in the nation's top 15 for 44-straight games dating back to Oct. 13, 2006.
With its 2-1 win in regulation over No. 18 California, Texas avoided its fourth-straight overtime match. The Longhorns have played extra minutes in four of their last six games, the second-most over a six-game stretch in program history. In 2004, UT saw five of six matches during conference play go to overtime (Oct. 10-Oct. 27).
Last Time Out: No. 18 California, Sept. 21
Down 1-0 after the first half, the Longhorns rallied behind freshman Courtney Goodson who's team-high four shots all came in the second period. Goodson netted the equalizer in the 72nd minute for her team-leading fifth goal of the season. With less than a minute remaining in regulation, senior Kasey Moore scored the gamewinner to lift UT past No. 18 California 2-1.
Goodson and Pfenninger earn Big 12 weekly accolades
Senior goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger and freshman forward Courtney Goodson were named the Big 12 Defensive and Newcomer of the Week for play during the weekend of Sept. 5-7. Pfenninger allowed just one goal while recording nine saves for her fourth career conference nod. Goodson posted a team-high three goals for six points to earn her first award. The freshman also picked up national recognition as she was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week.
UT freshmen have made an immediate impact on the 2008 season. Courtney Goodson has recorded five goals and two assists while Amanda Lisberger has tallied two goals and one assist in that time. Kylie Doniak has scored once and added two assists. The freshman class accounts for 47 percent of UT's goals (8-of-17) and 41 percent of shots (53-of-129), while adding five assists.