Longhorn Soccer Team Photos

2006 Season

Pre-season team photo, minus Karen Haight, who at the time was still analyzing yield curves (or something like that) at Goldman Sachs.

The 2006 seniors: Ashley Foster, Amy Burlingham, Dana Hall, Carrie Schmit, Karen Haight, and Priscilla Fite.

Celebrating after scoring the overtime winner against Illinois, in scorching heat.  Illinois wanted an early afternoon game, so they could get back home quickly, but now they know there is a reason that September games in Texas are normally scheduled at night.

Stephanie Logterman missed the first three games of the season, while in Russia, playing with the USA U-20 national team.

The final regular season game was the Lone Star Showdown match against the Texas A&M Aggies.  A goal by Kasey Moore, on a setpiece play, proved the difference.  The win, in front of the largest crowd ever to see Texas win, earned Texas a point in the Lone Star Showdown.  This contest (between Texas and Texas A&M in all sports) is close this year, and the soocer win may well make the difference in claiming this trophy.  Lone Star Showdown Standings  Texas will probably have to travel to College Station the next two years, as the previous two games have been in Austin.

Carrie Schmit and Caitlin Kennedy working against the Aggies.

The Longhorns hoist the Lone Star Showdown trophy for the second year in a row.

Texas advanced through the first two rounds of the Big 12 tournament, setting up the final match against the Colorado Buffalos.  The Longhorns went ahead 1-0 just after halftime, but Colorado matched the goal, sending the game into overtime.  After neither team scored in overtime, the match, tied 1-1, advanced to penalty kicks.  The shootout winner would claim both the conference trophy, and the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.  After Texas missed a shot, Colorado had a player on the spot, in position to win the tournament with a score.  However, the Texas keeper made the save.  After the Longhorns made their next shot, they were in position to win if Colorado missed their next shot, and they did, and the trophy came home to Austin.

Celebrating after a fabulous breakaway by Kelsey Carpenter put Texas up 1-0 against Colorado in the Big 12 tournament final.

If Colorado had made this shot, they would have won the tournament.  However, Diana Pfenninger made the save, and the shootout continued into sudden-death.

Greta Carter made the next shot for Texas, forcing Colorado to convert their next kick to stay alive...

But the Buffalos did not convert, and the celebration began for the Longhorns.

Texas hoists the Big 12 tournament trophy for the first time in the program's history.

Dianna Pfenninger and Kelsey Carpenter were the Big 12 tournament defensive and offensive MVPs.

In honor of the conference tournament championship, the UT Tower was lit up in orange.

The tournament win improved the Longhorns' resume enough to get them a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  The bracket, however, was strangely constructed, and Texas first had to travel two thousand miles, to Connecticut, for the first two rounds.  After defeating Long Island in the first round, Texas faced Connecticut in the second round.  Rainy weather, however, had turned the Husky home field into a mud pit, and the game had to be postponed for a day, and moved to a different stadium.  The match ended tied 1-1, and so Texas headed again to a penalty kick shootout.  Texas prevailed in the shootout, and so got to return to Austin to face the defending champion (and mysteriously unseeded) Portland Pilots in the round of 16.  The Longhorns played a very good game, but were not able to overcome an outstanding early goal by Rachael Rapinoe, and fell 0-2, bringing the season to an end.

The third-round game against Portland was the second time that Texas had reached the final 16 in the NCAA tournament.

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