Soccer preview: Missouri and Iowa State
MATCH #17: No. 10 Texas (12-3-1, 5-1-1 Big 12) vs. Missouri (9-7-0, 1-6-0 Big 12)
MATCH #18: No. 10 Texas (12-3-1, 5-1-1 Big 12) vs. Iowa State (6-11-0, 2-5-0 Big 12)
National Rank: Soccer America #10, NSCAA #14, Soccer Times #12
· With the 2-1 win over Nebraska, UT improved to 7-2 on the road this season. It marks the first time in program history that the Longhorns have amassed seven 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.
· UT and Missouri meet for the 13th time in program history. Texas leads the all-time series 8-3-1 with an unbeaten streak of eight matches (7-0-1) that started on Oct. 24, 1999.
· Texas has three losses through 16 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 No. 17 Oklahoma State by a final tally of 1-0.
· UT hosts Iowa State on Sunday, Oct. 22, at noon (Central). Texas leads the all-time series 12-1-0, winning the last nine matches. The lone loss was a 3-0 decision (on Oct. 1, 1999) during Petrucelli's first year in Austin.
· UT had one of the best offensive weekends this year, scoring nine goals over two matches against Sam Houston State on Friday, Oct. 13 and at Nebraska on Sunday, Oct. 15. The bulk of the scores came in the game against the Bearkats where seven different Longhorns found the back of the net in the 7-0 shutout. It marked the most goals Texas scored in a game in 2006. Their prior game best was five in a shutout of Nicholls State on Sept. 15.
· The seven UT players to score against SHSU marks the fourth time in program history that many Longhorns have scored. The previous Texas best was eight in an 8-0 win over Oklahoma on Sept. 26, 1997. On two other occasions (prior to Friday's contest), seven Texas players registered a goal - first on Sept. 1, 1996 against Pittsburgh (12-0 win) and then again on Sept. 22, 2002 against Rice (7-0).
· Against the Bearkats, six UT goals were scored in a half for the third time ever in program history. On Sept. 1, 1996, Texas netted six goals in both the first and second periods for a 12-0 win over Pittsburgh. Since then the most goals in a half were five on two other occasions (second half of Texas vs. Oklahoma match on Sept. 26, 1997 and first half of Texas vs. Texas Tech contest on Oct. 12, 2003).
· Texas shattered the all-time record in shots taken during a match, attacking the SHSU defense with 46 shots. The all-time record was 39, set against Texas Tech on Oct. 9, 2005. The previous 2006 season-best was 37 against Nicholls State.
· Ten Longhorns recorded a point in the match. Seniors Amy Burlingham and Priscilla Fite, junior Caitlin Kennedy, and sophomores Jill Gilbeau, Stephanie Logterman, Kasey Moore and Megan Upah scored goals. Fite, Moore, senior Karen Haight, freshman Casey Mogk and junior Yobel Gaski added assists.
· Texas is out-shooting its opponents, taking 307 shots to its opponents' 131 attempts. It is proving fruitful for UT as the team is also scoring twice as many times. The Longhorns have scored 36 goals to their opponents' 15. Texas has a goals scored average of 2.19 against .91 goals by its opponents. UT comes out of halftime on fire with 22 second period scores against 12 during the opening segment of the game. In overtime, Texas has scored once during the each overtime (first and second).
· The one goal UT allowed in two matches this past weekend is the second such weekend of the season for the Longhorns. Against Kansas and No. 14 Colorado, UT allowed one goal courtesy of the Buffs. UT blanked Sam Houston State and yielded one goal at Nebraska.
· 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 16 matches to date as opposed to 11 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.
· Three of UT's five shutouts this year have come at home. Texas held No. 13 Illinois to zero goals at home on Sept. 3. UT blanked Nicholls State, 5-0, at Myers and kept Sam Houston State off the scoreboard in a 7-0 decision.
· Texas is tied for first in the league with Texas Tech with 46 shots in a match this season. UT hit the program-best mark against Sam Houston State on Oct. 13. TTU shot 46 times against Prairie View A&M on Sept. 8.
· Texas has scored 15 goals in the last five matches. UT scored five goals through the first five matches of the season.
· The Texas defense registered its fifth shutout of the season and third at home with the 7-0 win over Sam Houston State.
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