MATCH #15: No. 13 Texas (10-3-1) vs. Sam Houston State (3-11-0)
When: Friday, October 13, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. (Central)
Where: Austin, Texas (Mike A. Myers Stadium - 20,000)
Series: First ever meeting
Petrucelli vs. Sam Houston State: First ever meeting
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MATCH #16: No. 13 Texas (10-3-1) at Nebraska (8-3-3)
When: Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. (Central)
Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Nebraska Soccer Field - 3,500)
Series: Nebraska leads the all-time series 6-8-0
Streak: Texas won the last two meetings.
First Meeting: Oct. 29, 1994; 1-3 UT loss in Austin, Texas
Last Meeting: Oct. 16, 2005; 1-0 (OT) UT win in Austin, Texas
Petrucelli vs. Nebraska: Petrucelli leads the all-time series 7-4-0
· Texas enters the match with 10 wins, three losses and one tie. In UT's 10 victories, the Longhorns have outscored their opponents by 13 goals (24 Texas scores against 11 opponent strikes). It is the seventh consecutive, double-digit win season for Texas. The Longhorns have won 10 or more games in seven of head coach Chris Petrucelli's eight years on the Forty Acres.
· With the 2-1 win over No. 14 Colorado, UT improved to 6-2 on the road this season. It marks the second time in program history that the Longhorns have amassed six wins on the road. In 2001, Texas was undefeated away from Austin, registering a 6-0-0 record, en route to a Big 12 Regular Season Conference Championship. This weekend's contest against Nebraska is the final road match of the year.
· Nebraska is the only team in the Big 12 besides No. 1 Texas A&M that the Longhorns have an all-time losing history against. Texas has a combined record of (6-8-0) against Nebraska and (2-14-0) against Texas A&M.
· The meeting between UT and Sam Houston State marks the first time in program history the two teams will face each other in soccer. The Bearkats are the fifth team the Longhorns are meeting for the first time in program history this season. UT is undefeated (4-0) in the series opening matches against No. 3 Penn State, No. 13 Illinois, Nicholls State and Cal State Fullerton.
· Texas has three losses through 14 matches this season. All three defeats were 1-0 decisions. UT opened the 2006 campaign with a 1-0 loss at Auburn. Three wins later, UT dropped its second road contest of the year, a 1-0 decision at Rice. The lone home loss of the year came at the hands of then-league leader Oklahoma State by a final tally of 1-0.
· The 14 goals allowed by the Texas defense is the second lowest amount ever tallied against the Longhorns, through 14 matches in a season. In 2002, UT gave up a program-low eight goals through the first 14 contests of the season, boasting a record of 11-2-1 and running off a string of nine straight wins.
· The one goal UT allowed in two matches this past weekend is the lowest Friday-Sunday total of season. The only score that found the net against the Longhorns' defense came in the first five minutes of the No. 14 Colorado victory.
· Texas has three wins over ranked opponents this season. In four contests featuring teams in the nation's top 25, UT upset three higher-ranked programs including No. 3 Penn State, No. 13 Illinois and No. 14 Colorado. The lone loss came against Big 12 Conference foe (No. 17) Oklahoma State on Sept. 29, in which the Cowgirls bested the Longhorns, 1-0.
· UT boasts a season-best win streak of five games, stretching from the road victory at LSU on Sept. 13 to the league win at Baylor on Sept. 24.
· The Texas defense shuts down opponents in the second half. UT has allowed just four goals in the second period of 14 matches to date as opposed to 10 opening period scores by the opposition. Oklahoma found the back of the net twice in the second period in the 3-3, double-overtime tie on Sunday, Oct. 1. LSU scored once in the final 45 minutes of the Longhorns' 4-2 victory on Sept. 13. The final second-half score was on an "own goal" by UT in the match against Auburn on Aug. 25.
· Nebraska is the only team in the Big 12 besides No. 1 Texas A&M that the Longhorns have an all-time losing history against. Texas has a combined record of (6-8-0) against Nebraska and (2-14-0) against Texas A&M. The Longhorns have caught up to Nebraska in the win-loss column in the series wins in five of the last seven matches. UT has shut-out the Huskers in the last two consecutive games and held them to two goals or less in all but one of those seven contests.
· In the most recent Longhorn victory against the Huskers on Oct. 16, 2005, Carpenter scored the only goal to help UT win the match by a score of 1-0. Then-freshman goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger posted her career-best eight saves in shutting out the No.25 Huskers.
· Texas has also had success against Nebraska in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. In the first round of the 2004 Big 12 tourney, UT shut-out Nebraska 2-0 to advance the semifinals tournament for the third time in four years. Dominating the field were former UT standouts Kelly Wilson, who scored both goals, and senior goalkeeper Alex Gagarin, who notched a five-save performance.
SAM HOUSTON STATE QUICK FACTS
Head Coach: Marcia Oliveira (Mary Hardin-Baylor `95), 4th season
Conference: Southland Conference
2005 Record: 5-12-1
2005 Conference Record (Finish): 3-3-1 (4th)
NEBRASKA QUICK FACTS
Head Coach: John Walker (Queen's University `87), 13th season
Conference: Big 12 Conference
2005 Record: 14-8-1
2005 Conference Record (Finish): 6-3-1 (T-2nd)
2005 Postseason: L, 2-3 to Portland in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament