Soccer in the Big 12 Championship hunt
SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas women's soccer team is one victory away from making their third appearance in the Big 12 Conference Championship title game. Friday night (Nov. 4.), the Longhorns will be in the hunt for a third - and second consecutive - Big 12 championship game showing when they square off against Colorado in a Big 12 tourney semifinal contest, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Blossom Soccer Complex in San Antonio.
This is the fourth time in five seasons that head coach Chris Petrucelli has led the Longhorns into the Big 12 Tournament semifinals.
The Longhorns (11-7-1) are on a roll, sporting a 7-2 record in their last nine matches.
UT is the No. 6 seed in the Big 12 tourney, while Colorado is the No. 2 seed. The Buffs are ranked No. 23 nationally in this week's NSCAA/adidas poll, and stand 11-6-3. Texas and Colorado have had a series of closely-contested matches, and last met on October 7th in Austin when the Buffs posted a 2-0 win. The two squads have split their last five matches (2-2-1).
Texas has made two Big 12 championship game showings in the last four years, losing in 2001 and 2004 to Texas A&M in the finals. Last year, in front of a Big 12 Tournament record-breaking crowd of 2,707, the Aggies posted a 3-0 win. TAMU also won in 2001 (1-0).
Friday night's other semifinal matchup pits the top-seeded Aggies (14-3-2) against No. 4 seed Nebraska (12-6-1) at 4:30 p.m. at the Blossom complex.
The 2005 Big 12 championship match is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 6) and will be televised on FSN (FOX Sports Net).
Tickets for Friday's semifinal matches and Sunday's title game are priced at $5 per day (two games on Friday for $5, one match on Sunday) for all adults and children. For Ticketmaster internet ticket purchases, go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/98455. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate on game days. All tickets are general admission.
To follow all the Big 12 Soccer Tournament action, go to TexasSports.com.
The Big 12 Tournament champion gains the league's automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Championships, which begin next weekend (Friday and Sunday, Nov. 11 and 13) with first and second round action (at selected campus sites to be determined).