Soccer preview: NCAA Championship First Round vs. James Madison
First Round Notes
Nov. 10, 2010
MATCH #21: No. 24 Texas (11-5-4) vs. James Madison (14-6-1)
NCAA First and Second Rounds
Friday, Nov. 12, 2010
Friday, Nov. 12, 2010
Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010
Texas in the NCAA Championship
The Longhorns hold a 6-8-1 record in NCAA Championship action and have advanced to the Round of 16 three times since 2004. Texas also has 4-1-0 mark in NCAA First-Round matches since 2004.
Petrucelli in the NCAAs
Petrucelli owns a 22-13-1 record in NCAA play, which includes a 16-5 mark at Notre Dame where he won the 1995 National Championship and made it to the finals in 1994 and 1996. The UT mentor, in his 12th season on the Forty Acres, has led the Horns to nine NCAA Appearances (2001-08, 2010).
2008 NCAA Recap
Texas advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Championship in 2008. The Longhorns opened up the national tournament at Portland. UT defeated Washington State 1-0 to earn a second round match with one of four No. 1 national seeds in Portland. The Pilots went on to win 2-0 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Longhorns closed out the 2010 regular season with a 1-1-1 record including a win over then No. 5 Oklahoma State, who would go on to win the Big 12 Championship, and a 1-1 double overtime tie against then-No. 6 Texas A&M. Texas' only loss came to Oklahoma, who advanced to the Big 12 Championship final before falling to the Cowgirls in PKs.
TEXAS IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP (6-8-1 all-time)
About the Dukes
James Madison carries a 14-6-1 mark into Friday's First Round match, including a 0-0-1 mark at neutral sites. JMU, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, just picked up its third-straight CAA title and has faced two ranked opponents with a 1-1-0 record in those matches. The Dukes are led by senior Teresa Rynier who has tallied 29 points off nine goals and 11 assists. Senior Diana Wszalek has also posted eight shutouts in goal.
Last Time Out -- Big 12 Championship Quarterfinal vs. Oklahoma
Texas and Oklahoma faced off for the second time in two weeks in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Big 12 Championship in San Antonio. The Sooners used a lone goal that came in the 31st minute for a 1-0 victory, eliminating the Longhorns from the Championship. Oklahoma went on to defeat top-seeded Texas A&M in the semifinals before falling to Oklahoma State in PKs in the Championship Final.
Texas Soccer doesn't let a loss sit long as its tie with Texas A&M (10/29) marked the fourth time the Horns have either posted a tie or win after a loss this season. The Longhorns haven't suffered back-to-back losses since Sept. 18-20, 2009. Since 2003, Texas has only lost twice in a row six times - twice in 2009; twice in 2005; twice in 2003.
Keeping the Streak Alive ... With the Longhorns' 1-1 double overtime tie against sixth-ranked Texas A&M, (10/29), Texas secured it's 15-straight bid to the Big 12 Championship. The Longhorns, along with Texas A&M, are the only two league teams to have advanced to every postseason tournament since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996.
Doniak's scoring streak ... Junior midfielder continues to make her impact on the Texas soccer team, having recorded at least one goal or assist over six of the last seven matches. Doniak's streak of six-straight matches with at least one point was the longest by a Longhorn since Niki Arlitt either assisted or scored in six-straight matches in 2007. She has also been Texas' lone goal scorer in its last four matches.
Five Longhorns earn Big 12 honors ... Junior Kylie Doniak, sophomore Alexa Gaul and senior Erica Campanelli have all been named to the 2010 All-Big 12 Second Team. Freshmen Nina Frausing Pedersen and Lexi Harris earned Big 12 All-Newcomer honors. Texas' five selections are its most since 2006.
Getting big wins ... Texas' 1-0 triumph over No. 5 Oklahoma State marked its third shutout victory against a top 25 opponent this year, having already beaten No. 10 BYU (1-0) and No. 22 William & Mary (4-0). The three wins mark the first time since 2004 that a Texas squad has taken down three ranked opponents during the regular season.
Defense stepping up in Big 12 play ... In Texas' 10 Big 12 matches, the Longhorns only allowed seven goals and have posted five shutouts, for first in conference action. The seven goals are the second least through nine Big 12 games that Texas has allowed since 2003 and its five shutouts tie for the most since 2002.
Gaul sets sophomore record ... With her eighth shutout of the year against fifth-ranked Oklahoma State, sophomore keeper Alexa Gaul set the UT single-season sophomore shutout record. In addition, Gaul is just one shutout shy of setting the overall single-season mark.
Doniak making her mark ... Junior midfielder Kylie Doniak currently had nine assists this season moving her into a tie for sixth place in UT's single-season record book. Doniak, who was the team's leading scorer in 2009, is currently in the same role with six goals and nine helpers for 21 points. Her nine assists are also the most by a Longhorn in one season since 2006.
Gaul continues to pick up Big 12 accolades ... Sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Gaul racked up her second Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award in as many weeks on Oct. 19 after posting her seventh shutout of the season against Missouri. Gaul now has three league accolades on the year becoming the first Longhorn in program history 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 earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 5 for her performance.
What a difference a year makes ... The Horns currently boast an 11-5-4 record as compared to last year's season-ending 9-9-3 mark at this time of the year, but it's not just Texas' record that is different. Here's a look at the differences in stats from 2009 and 2010:
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).