Soccer preview: Big 12 Semifinal vs. Oklahoma State
MATCH #21: No. 9 Texas (16-3-1, 8-1-1 Big 12) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma State (16-2-2, 8-1-1)
· Texas is riding an eight-match win streak and is unbeaten in the last nine matches (8-0-1). The last time the Longhorns lost a match came against Oklahoma State on Friday, Sept. 29, 2006. UT lost 1-0 to the Cowgirls, who were ranked 17th in the nation and in first place in the Big 12, entering the match at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
· Texas leads the all-time series with Oklahoma State 7-4-1, but UT has lost four of the last five meetings with the Cowgirls. The only time the two programs have met in the postseason, UT dropped a 1-0 decision in the quarterfinals of the 2003 Big 12 Soccer Championship.
· Texas and Oklahoma State are both ranked among the top 11 in four national soccer polls. The Longhorns are ranked seventh in the Soccer America and Soccer Times magazines' national polls and are rated ninth in the National Soccer Coaches Asssociation of America (NSCAA)/adidas and SoccerBuzz polls. The Cowgirls are the seventh-best program in the nation, according to the coaches poll, No. 8 according to SoccerBuzz, tenth in the Soccer Times rankings and 11th overall in Soccer America's Top 25 list.
· Junior Kelsey Carpenter (Allen, Texas) scored the game-winning goal, six minutes, 29 seconds into the first overtime period to fuel third-seeded Texas past No. 6 seed Nebraska by a score of 1-0, in the quarterfinal match of the 2006 Big 12 Soccer Championships on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006.
· Carpenter's overtime score broke the school record for game-winning goals in a single season and shattered the UT school record for the most game-winning goals in one season with 16. The prior best was 15 in 2004 and 2002.
· With last night's shutout, the Longhorns tied the school record for most blanks in a single season with eight. The 2001, 2002 and 2004 teams held eight opponents in each season off of the scoreboard. UT has 70 shutouts overall in program history.
· Three Longhorns are in double-digits in points this season. Carpenter leads the team with 28 points (12 goals, four assists), while seniors Carrie Schmit (La Mesa, Calif.) and Amy Burlingham (Costa Mesa, Calif.) are second and third, respectively. Schmit, one of two team captains, leads the team in assists with six and has added six goals for a career-high of 18 points in a season. Burlingham tied her season-bests in goals (five) and has registered five assists for a career-high 15 points.
· Sophomore defender Kasey Moore was named Soccer America Player of the Week on Wednesday, Nov. 1, for her performance against No. 5 Texas A&M. Moore headed in the only goal of the match at 72:02 to give No. 9 Texas the upset victory over the higher-ranked Aggies for the second consecutive season. The win also gave UT the school record with the most victories in the regular season with 15.
· Five Longhorns were named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine All-District VI University teams. Senior Amy Burlingham (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Karen Haight (Beaverton, Ore.) were named to the First-Team while senior Priscilla Fite (Irving, Texas), Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas) and Kelsey Carpenter (Allen, Texas) were Second-Team selections.