Soccer Preview: NCAA Second Round vs. Portland

Texas faces Portland in the NCAA Second Round at 3 p.m. Central, Sunday, Nov. 16

Nov. 15, 2008

MATCH #20: Texas (13-3-4) vs. Portland (18-1-0)
When: 3 p.m. Central, Sunday, November 16
Where: Clive Charles Soccer Complex, Portland, Ore.
Live Stats: Follow the play-by-play live on Gametracker
TV: Comcast SportsNet Northwest (Only in WA and OR)

All-time Series Record: 0-8-0
Last Meeting: UP def. Texas 2-0 in the NCAA Third Round (11/19/06)
Petrucelli vs. Portland: 5-7-1

Texas in the NCAA Championship
The Longhorns hold a 6-7-1 record in NCAA Championship action and have advanced to the Round of 16 in three of the last four seasons, including 2006 and 2007. With its win over WSU, Texas has now advanced out of the First Round for three-straight seasons.

Last Time Out -- NCAA First Round vs. Washington State
Junior Emily Anderson scored the Longhorns lone goal in the 52nd minute to lead Texas past Washington State 1-0 Friday night in NCAA First Round action. The Longhorns outshot the Cougars 14-6, including a 10-3 advantage int he second half. Senior keeper Dianna Pfenninger made three saves to give Texas its 11th shutout of the season, breaking the single-season shutout record (10) set in 2006 and 2007.

Petrucelli in the NCAAs
Petrucelli owns a 22-12-1 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 10th season on the Forty Acres, has led the Horns to eight-straight NCAA Appearances (2001-08),

2008 Longhorns in the NCAAs
Texas boasts 17 players on its roster that have NCAA experience. The senior class has advanced to the Championship in each of their three seasons at UT, including third round appearances in the last two years. This group is 4-3-1 in NCAA play including wins at Texas A&M (11/17/07) and advancing on PKs at Connecticut (11/13/06).



About the Pilots
Portland carries a 18-1-0 mark into Sunday's Second Round match, including a 17-match winning streak. The Pilots lone loss was against then-0No. 3 UCLA (Aug. 30) and they have since gone on to defeat five ranked opponents including then-No. 1 USC (Sept. 1). Portland has scored 64 goals this season while only allowing six for a 0.276 goals-against average, good for second in the nation.

Dominating Defense
With its 1-0 victory over Washington State (Nov. 14), Texas collected its 11th shutout of the season, breaking the single-season record (10) set in 2006 and 2007. The Longhorns have allowed a program-low 12 goals over 19 matches this season, including program-lows during the regular season (nine goals) and Big 12 play (five goals). Senior keeper Dianna Pfenninger has made 83 saves, good for eighth in the UT single-season record books while holding a 0.62 goals against average, which is currently the best mark in UT history.

Bouncing Back
Texas Soccer doesn't let a loss sit long as its win over Washington State (Nov. 14) marked the third victory after a loss for UT this season. Texas rebounded after losses at Nebraska (Oct. 3) and Colorado (Oct. 10). The Longhorns have not suffered back-to-back losses since the 2005 season (9/23 and 9/25) and prior to that, you have to go back to the 2003 campaign to find any two-loss stretches.

Anderson Moving Up the Board
Junior Emily Anderson, playing mainly on the UT backline prior to conference action, is fourth on the team in scoring with four goals and one assist for nine points. The junior has netted one gamewinner and connected on four of her nine shots on goal. Anderson's four goals are a season-high for the Austin product.

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