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2006 Texas Longhorns Soccer Spring Season
(Complete, but subject to changes.)
|Sun 26 Feb||2:00 pm||TCU||W 2-1||Austin, TX (Mike A. Meyers)|
|Tue 28 Feb||7:00 pm||Challenge Soccer Club||W 3-0||Austin, TX (Mike A. Meyers)|
|Thu 9 Mar||7:00 pm||USA U-20 National Team vs. Texas A&M||USA 1 - A&M 2||College Station, TX (Aggie Soccer Stadium)|
|Wed 29 Mar||7:30 pm||Lonestar Soccer Club - 89G Red||W 3-0|
|Sat 1 Apr||1:00 pm||SMU||W 1-0||McKinney, TX (Craig Ranch Park)|
|Sun 2 Apr||9:00 am||Florida Gators||T 0-0||McKinney, TX (Craig Ranch Park)|
|Sun 9 Apr||1:00 pm||Tec de Monterrey||W 5-2||Austin, TX (Whitaker Intramural Fields)|
Spring 2006 Game Recaps
TCU - W 2-1 - 26 Feb 2006
This game was originally to be played at the Town and Country Sports Complex in northwest Austin, but the field was apparently vandalized and so the game was moved to Mike Meyers instead. (Of course, without any mention on the UT website.) TCU picked up an early goal, and held a 1-0 lead until halftime, despite Texas having more of the play. Early in the second half, Kelsey Carpenter nearly leveled the score, lobbing the ball over the TCU goalkeeper, but a defender was able to beat this to the goal and cleared it away. Later, a nice long pass found Caitlin Kennedy open towards the left corner of the field, and her cross found Ashley Foster who finished to even the score at 1-1. An indirect free kick by Kasey Moore, from 10 yards out, finished the scoring, for a 2-1 win for the Longhorns.
This game, as well as the Houston-Salt Lake MLS exhibition game on Saturday, was organized as part of the 2006 Lonestar College Showcase.
Recap by TCU
Challenge Soccer Club - W 3-0 - 28 Feb 2006
The Longhorns faced the Challenge Soccer Club, a north Houston high school club team, in perfect evening weather at the usual soccer stadium. Ashley Foster started the scoring just over 5 minutes into the game, getting behind her defenders and picking up a nice pass, then beating the keeper with a shot into the right side of the net. Foster looks like she is very fit right now. This was all the scoring for quite some time, until 36 minutes into the second half, when Amy Burlingham settled a ball off her chest, got past the keeper on the ground, and scored to make it 2-0. Finally, with just 30 seconds left in the game, Kelsey Carpenter found Karen Haight who scored to make the final 3-0.
The Longhorns have played a new player this spring, wearing number 9 in this game (she wore 11 in the TCU game). I don't know her name, she is apparently a walk-on who has just joined the team. Texas also supposedly has a transfer from SMU, wearing number 6, as well as a goalie from somewhere in Mississippi, wearing number 19. The goalie apparently graduated from high school early, so she has already enrolled at UT and is able to join the team for the spring games.
Recap by Texas
USA U-20 National Team 1 - Texas A&M 2 - 9 Mar 2006
This was not a University of Texas game, but three Longhorn players, Dianna Pfenninger, Stephanie Logterman, and Kasey Moore, are in camp for the USA U-20 national team, which is in College Station. Logterman and Moore started the game, on the right side of the defense, and looked very solid. With 18 minutes left in the first half, an Aggie player chipped a long range shot over the USA keeper for the only goal of the first half. At halftime, Logterman and Moore came out of the game, while Pfenninger came into the net for the USA, her first time on the field for this squad. She was kept pretty busy, and made a number of good saves. The defenders replacing the Longhorn contingent were not as solid, and at times the fast A&M forwards were cutting the defense to ribbons, forcing Pfenninger into dealing with one-on-one encounters. About halfway into the second half, on one of these, Dianna made the initial save, but the rebound was picked up by an Aggie and converted for a second A&M goal. Very quickly, in about 10 seconds, the USA responded to make the score 1-2. This was it for the scoring, despite some chances for either side, leading to a final score of 1-2.
Aggie soccer knocks off USA National Team, 2-1 - Texas A&M
The USA will also play Marquette on 10 Mar at 5 pm, BYU on 11 Mar at 10 am, and Vanderbilt on 12 Mar at 10 am, all in College Station.
Lonestar Soccer Club - W 3-0 - 29 Mar 2006
This game was moved from Williamson County Park to Town and Country, Field 27, equipped with some brand-new lighting, and started at 7:30 pm. The Lonestars had some chances early, but Texas picked up the first goal courtesy of Ashley Foster, in the 21st minute, who finished a pass from Kelsey Carpenter who did a good job to fight off defenders to set up the play. Early in the second half, the Longhorns added two more, from headers on corner kicks, first by Foster again in the 3rd minute, followed by Kasey Moore in the 11th minute, making the final 3-0. Texas eventually wore down the Lonestars, most of the second half was in the Lonestar end of the field. The Lonestars did have a chance in the final minute, with a scramble in front of the Texas goal, but they did not convert.
Texas fielded two players who have not been officially announced, a defender wearing number 6, and a forward wearing number 11. I think the first is a transfer and the second a new walk-on, but I will have to wait for the official recruiting announcement to find out for sure.
Recap by Texas
SMU - W 1-0 - 1 Apr 2006
Leslie Imber picked up the only goal in the game, for Texas. This game, as well as the Florida game, was played in McKinney, TX, just north of Dallas.
Florida Gators - T 0-0 - 2 Apr 2006
The Longhorns generated a lot of scoring chances, but didn't convert any of them en route to a 0-0 tie. The Gators earn their nickname, there are live, wild, alligators on campus in Gainesville. They probably didn't bring any of them to Texas.
Recap by Texas
ITESM-Monterrey Borreguitas - W 5-2 - 9 Apr 2006
Tec de Monterrey hit the post just over 3 minutes into the game, but Texas got on the board first, two minutes later, when Jill Gilbeau sent a pass across the field to Leslie Imber who set the score at 1-0. About 10 minutes later, Texas came close to another, when Yobel Gaski, wearing number 11, sent a shot that the Borreguita keeper just got a hand on, but not by enough to keep the ball rolling towards the goal, but a defender managed to clear it away. At the 34 minute mark, Kelsey Carpenter nicely worked her way through the defense, firing a shot that the keeper had to deflect for a corner. On the ensuing kick, Carrie Schmit sent the ball into the net to make the score 2-0. Five minutes later, the Texas goalie got tangled trying to clear a back pass, and Monterrey Tech converted the resulting open net opportunity to make the score 2-1. In the opening minutes of the second half, Tracey Whitley touched home a cross from Ashley Foster to make it 3-1. The play was set up by good defense on the back line by Stephanie Logterman, who fought off a likely corner kick chance for Monterrey, and then sent the ball quickly upfield to set up Foster and Whitley. Just a few minutes later, the Monterrey goalkeeper was knocked in the head by the ball, and while she was on the ground, as play continued, Texas converted the empty net to make the score 4-1. About halfway through the second half, Monterrey scored a second goal to make it 4-2. In the final minute, Texas repaired the 3 goal margin when Kelsey Carpenter scored to make the final 5-2.
This game was played at the Intramural Fields, around Guadalupe and 51st street, north of campus in Austin, on Field 10, up against Waller Creek. Texas has played the Borreguitas the last two years, also at the IM fields. The playing surface isn't the greatest, but I think it is a nice setting.
Recap by Texas
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