Jayhawks Return Home to Face Longhorns, Aggies

Oct. 3, 2006

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The University of Kansas soccer team (7-4, 2-1 in Big 12) will return to the friendly confines of the Jayhawk Soccer Complex this weekend to face a pair of Big 12 opponents from the state of Texas. The Jayhawks will play host to No. 18 Texas on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., and No. 8 Texas A&M Sunday at 1 p.m. Friday’s contest against the Longhorns will be broadcast on CSTV (Channel 143 in Lawrence).

No. 18 Texas (8-3-1, 2-1-1 in Big 12) enters Friday’s match in Lawrence looking to bounce back from a disappointing weekend at home. The Longhorns lost to Oklahoma State, 1-0, on Sept. 29 and tied Oklahoma, 3-3 in Austin. UT is 4-2 on the road this season, including two wins in Big 12 play.

Junior Kelsey Carpenter leads the UT offense with nine goals and 19 points. She currently leads the Big 12 in goals and is second in points. Seniors Amy Burlington and Carrie Schmit are tied for the team lead with four assists.

Goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger has started 11 of UT’s 12 matches and has a 1.14 goals against average and a .713 save percentage and two shutouts.

Head coach Chris Petrucelli is in his eighth season at Texas and holds a record of 95-55-7 with the Longhorns and a 270-77-17 career mark. UT returns 10 starters and 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad which finished 11-9-1.

The Longhorns lead the all-time series with Kansas 9-1 with one tie. KU’s only victory came last season, 2-1, in Lawrence.

Texas on the internet: www.texassports.com

Texas A&M (8-3-1, 4-0 in Big 12) has been the most dominating team in the Big 12 thus far this season. The 8th-ranked Aggies lead the conference and have outscored their four Big 12 opponents 14-4. Texas A&M has won five straight matches, all of them in the state of Texas.

Senior forward Suzette Devloo leads the team with six goals this season and 12 points. Her six goals rank as the fifth-best total in the Big 12 this year.

Goalkeeper Kristin Arnold has started 11 matches in net and has an 0.91 goals against average and a .800 save percentage with three shutouts.

Head coach G. Guerrieri is in his 14th season with the Aggies and has a career mark of 228-78-12. Guerrieri’s team returns nine starters and 17 letterwinners from last year’s squad, which finished 18-4-2 and fell to Penn State in the round of eight in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Texas A&M leads the all-time series with Kansas, 8-1 with one tie. KU’s only win in the series came in 2004, 1-0, in College Station. The Aggies downed the Jayhawks, 3-2, in Lawrence last season.

Texas A&M on the web: www.aggieathletics.com

KU split a pair of matches over the weekend, defeating Nebraska, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon following a 1-0 defeat at Creighton.

Shannon McCabe’s goal in the second minute proved to be the game-winner as sophomore Julie Hanley tied a season-high with four saves to shut out Nebraska, 1-0 Sunday at the Nebraska Soccer Field. After being shut out on Friday, the Jayhawks wasted little time getting on the scoreboard Sunday, scoring the only goal at 1:01.

Katy Peetz’ goal in the 51st minute proved to be the game-winner as Creighton downed the University of Kansas, 1-0, in a non-conference soccer match Friday night at Morrison Stadium.

The Kansas soccer team will appear on College Sports Television for the third season in a row. The national cable channel picked up a second-consecutive KU-Texas contest in Lawrence for its weekly women’s soccer broadcast. KU is 2-0 all-time on television, defeating Texas last season and Baylor in 2004.

Friday’s match will be broadcast on CSTV (Channel 143 in Lawrence) on Sunday evening at 7 p.m., and re-broadcast four other times throughout the week. For complete schedule, visit www.cstv.com.

KU freshman forward Shannon McCabe has shown a flair for the dramatic this season. The 5-foot-6 forward has two game-winning goals, deciding KU’s victories over Duke and Nebraska. She also collected an assist on Jessica Bush’s game-winning goal against Oklahoma.

McCabe is second among first-year Jayhawks with five points this season, including three points over the past two weekends.

Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Hanley has been outstanding in net for KU over the past three weeks. After a rough second half against Pepperdine, the Indianapolis, Ind., native has allowed one goal or less in five consecutive matches, including three shutout victories.

Hanley is tied for first in the Big 12 with four shutouts and ranks second among keepers who have played over 1000 minutes in goals against average (1.07). Against Nebraska, Hanley became the first goalkeeper in 18 matches to shut out the Huskers dating back to last season. The sophomore keeper has also blanked Furman, UCF and Oklahoma this year.

Sunday afternoons have brought out the best in the Kansas soccer team this season. So far this season, the team is 5-0 in Sunday matches, which includes shutouts over UCF, Oklahoma and Nebraska the past three weekends. However, Friday evening has been the team’s achillies’ heel as the Jayhawks are 2-4 so far on Friday this season.

KU welcomes No. 18 Texas and No. 8 Texas A&M to the Jayhawk Soccer Complex this weekend. The two Texas schools will be the third and fourth opponents that have had a spot in the national polls when they’ve faced the Jayhawks.

KU is 1-1 so far this season against ranked opponents, and 4-6-1 against ranked opponents over the past three years. The Jayhawks fell to No. 10 California, 1-0 and defeated No. 12 Duke, 4-3 earlier this year. The eighth-ranked Aggies are the highest ranked team to visit Lawrence since the Aggies came in ranked No. 5 in the country in 2003.

The Jayhawks played in their fourth-consecutive 1-0 match on Sunday, marking the first time this has happened in team history. The previous high was three straight 1-0 contests, in which KU lost all three, in 1998. The team has split its four 1-0 decisions over the past two weekends.

The Jayhawks will take to the road for the final time during the 2006 regular season when they travel to Iowa State and Missouri on Oct. 13 and 15. The Iowa State match will kickoff at 7 p.m., in Ames, Iowa, while the Border Showdown with the Tigers is scheduled for a 1 p.m., start.