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Womens Soccer - Texas knocks off Texas A&M faces Florida State next

Published 11/21/2007 5:16:00 AM by staff from utsports
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The sixth-ranked Texas Soccer team advanced to the NCAA Championship third round (round of 16) for the third time in school history Saturday night with a dramatic 3-2 victory over host and No. 2 nationally-ranked Texas A&M in NCAA Championship second round play in a game marred by rain and hail and weather delays.  Texas, now 16-3-5, trailed 1-0 at halftime before receiving second-half goals from freshman Erika Campanelli and seniors Caitlin Kennedy and Kelsey Carpenter. Carpenter nailed the game-winner in the 78th minute off an assist from Kennedy.

The win for the Longhorns moves head coach Chris Petrucelli's squad into NCAA third-round play next weekend. Texas will face the winner of the Florida State-LSU second-round match, which will be contested on Sunday (Nov. 18) at noon CST in Tallahassee, Fla. at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Texas A&M, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tourney, ended its season at 18-4-2. The Aggies also saw their 20-match home field win streak snapped with the setback.

The Longhorns have now bested the Aggies in four of the last five meetings. This was the third meeting between the two squads this season, with the last coming six days ago in San Antonio in the Big 12 Championship Tournament final. In that match, the second-seeded Longhorns upset the No. 1 seeded Aggies, 2-1.  The game started with a 50-minute inclement weather delay because of pending hail and thunderstorms in the area.  Once the match began, the Aggies wasted no time in shooting, posting 10 shots in the first half compared to four by Texas.

The lone score of the first half came on a Texas "own" goal. In trying to stop the NCAA's leading goal-scorer Ashlee Pistorius, junior defender Kasey Moore attempted to clear a cross from the senior striker, who entered with 25 goals and nine assists on the season. With A&M holding a slight advantage on the scoreboard, Texas fought hard in the second half, scoring all three goals in the final 45 minutes.

Carpenter (Allen, Texas), who scored the game-winner, started the play that led to the first goal of the game by freshman defender Campanelli (Plano, Texas). Carpenter beat TAMU sophomore defender Nicole Ketchum to set up a one-on-one with TAMU sophomore goalkeeper Kristin Arnold right in front of the goal. Ketchum came from behind to knock the ball out of bounds and set up a Texas corner. Junior midfielder Courtney Gaines (Sugar Land, Texas) took the corner, placing the ball inside the six-yard box. Campanelli headed it in from the center right side of the nets in 54th minute for her first career goal.

Kennedy (Euless, Texas) put UT ahead with the second Horns' goal of game, placing a shot from 35-yards out into the nets in the 72nd minute. Kennedy played the ball off a well-defended throw-in, settling before firing over Arnold.  Carpenter added an insurance goal with her 10th goal of the season with 12 minutes left. While it put Texas ahead 3-1, the score became the game-winner as Texas A&M senior defender Sara Albrecht netted the fifth and final goal of the match, bringing the Aggies to within one goal, 3-2.

With the game-winner, Carpenter shares first place (13 GWGs) in UT's record books with Kelly McDonald (2001-04) and Kelly Wilson (2001-04).  UT junior goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger (Sugar Land, Texas) was peppered with TAMU shots, including 13 of 23 overall shots in the second half. Texas' career leader in goalkeeper wins (41) totaled seven saves in 90 minutes of action. Her counterpart, Arnold (Centennial, Colo.), faced her fair share of attempts, registering seven saves.  With 12 minutes remaining on the clock before the scheduled 5:30 p.m. CST kickoff, the game was postponed due to pending inclement weather. Both teams returned to the field for a 6:20 start time.

Label: NCAA womens soccer, texas soccer, Erika Campanelli, Caitlin Kennedy, Kelsey Carpenter
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