Soccer preview: Missouri and Iowa State
Oct. 14, 2010
MATCH #15: Texas (8-3-3, 1-2-2 Big 12) vs. Missouri (5-5-2, 3-2-0 Big 12)
MATCH #16: Texas (8-3-3, 1-2-2 Big 12) vs. Iowa State (6-7-2, 1-4-0 Big 12)
Texas takes final Big 12 road trip of the season ... Texas makes its final league road trip of the season this weekend as it travels to Missouri and Iowa State for matches on Friday (6:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.), respectively. The Longhorns hold the advantage in both series' records, 11-4-2 vs. Missouri and 14-2-1 vs. Iowa State.
UT in Big 12 Conference Play ... The Longhorns boast a Big 12 record of 72-29-14 (.687) since Petrucelli arrived on campus in 1999 and have finished in the top three in seven of those 10 years. Texas was picked to finish fifth in the league by this year's coaches.
Defense stepping up in Big 12 play ... In Texas' five Big 12 matches, the Longhorns have only allowed three goals and have posted three shutouts, tying for first in conference action. The three goals are the least through five Big 12 games that Texas has allowed since 2002 and its three shutouts are the most since 2003.
Gaul continues to pick up Big 12 accolades ... Sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Gaul racked up her second Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award on Oct. 12 after posting a pair of shutouts over Texas Tech and Baylor. The keeper is one of just three league goalies to have limited their last three opponents to one goal or less and is one of two underclassmen to do so.
Cummins' hat trick history ... With her three goals against Milwaukee on Oct. 2, sophomore midfielder Kristin Cummins joined an elite group of 10 Texas athletes to record three or more goals in a match. Cummins posted Texas' first hat trick since Kelsey Carpenter 2006 and is the first sophomore to do so since 2002.
Cummins earns league honors ... With her historic hat trick, Cummins also racked up her first Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 5. It is the first league award of Cummins' career and she is the third Longhorn to be honored this year, joining sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Gaul and redshirt freshman forward Leah Fortune who were named Defensive and Co-Newcomer of the week on Sept. 21.
Gaul and Fortune earn Big 12 honors ... After defeating No. 10 BYU, sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Gaul and redshirt freshman Leah Fortune earned Big 12 Defensive and Co-Newcomer of the Week honors. Gaul posted her second-straight shut out over a ranked opponent while Fortune netted her third goal of the season to lift the Horns over their first Top 10 foe of the season.
Strength of schedule ... With its win over No. 10 BYU, Texas concluded its three-game stretch against ranked opponents with a 2-1 record. Texas defeated the 10th ranked Cougars, marking the first win over a Top 10 opponent since 2007. Texas also faced No. 12 Virginia (L, 0-4) and No. 22 William & Mary (4-0). The last time UT faced three-straight ranked opponents was in 2002 when it went 2-1 vs. No. 21 Duke (W, 2-1), No. 11 California (W, 2-1) and No. 3 Stanford (L, 1-0).
Back-to-back ... Texas' win over No. 10 BYU was its second-straight over a ranked opponent after defeating No. 22 William & Mary on Sept. 12. It marked the first time since 2006 that the Horns have posted back-to-back wins over ranked foes. In addition, Texas held both ranked squads scoreless for the first back-to-back shutout victories over ranked opponents in program history.
Texas ups the offense ... Texas' first 12 matches have seen quite the offensive clinic. The Horns have put up over 20 shots in three outings and posted at least one goal in all but three matches. In the 3-1 win over UTSA (Aug. 27), UT tallied 26 shots for its most shots since 2007. Against Navy (Sept. 3), UT notched 25 shots and recorded five goals, for the most goals in a match since 2007. It also marked just the fourth time since 2006 that a UT squad has put up five or more goals in a match. The Horns followed up that outing with a 24-shot showing against UC-Riverside (Sept. 5).
Passing it around ... Through 14 games, 10 different athletes have accounted for Texas' 22 goals this year, six of which are newcomers or underclassmen. Sophomore Kristin Cummins leads the group with five goals followed by redshirt freshman Leah Fortune who has four. Sophomore Hannah Higgins and junior Kylie Doniak have three while juniors Lucy Keith and Amanda Lisberger have two goals apiece. Freshman Gabby Zarnegar, junior Stacey-Ann Smith and senior Kate Incerto have each tallied one goal this season. The Horns also have 21 assists dished out by nine different players.