By Nick Barbaro, Fri., Oct. 24, 2003
Big 12 Standings
Top eight qualify for Conference Tournament
The UT women moved into second place in the Big 12 with a pair of road wins last weekend and edged back into the Soccer America national rankings after a few weeks absence. Freshman midfielder Nikki Thaden, an Iowa native, got the only goal in a 1-0 win at Iowa State on Sunday, after the Horns had forced two own-goals by Missouri to win 2-1 on Friday night. Junior goalkeeper Alex Gagarin was named Big 12 defensive player of the week for her efforts in the two games; the Austin LBJ product has apparently won back the starting keeper job from freshman Dana Hall.
The Horns are now riding a four-game win streak (albeit against the bottom teams in the Big 12). They now end their regular season with home games against the top three teams in the conference. In the balance: the conference title, national rankings, and perhaps a host site or two for the NCAA Tournament:
Friday, Oct. 24, vs. Colorado, 7pm (Camper Reunion and Soccer Club night: free with camper T-shirt; $2 off with club flier, or wearing UT apparel)
Sunday, Oct. 26, vs. Nebraska, 1pm (free for kids eighth grade and under; or $2 off with a picture of your pet)
Friday, Oct. 31, vs. Texas A&M, 7pm ($1 admission if you wear your Halloween costume)
Myers Stadium, off Red River next to Memorial Stadium. $6; $3 students/UT/seniors. www.texassports.com/mainpages/sc_index.html
Interesting results in European Champions League play this week: World No. 1 AC Milan crashed at home to lowly Club Brugge, English league leaders Arsenal may be out of the running in Europe, and Manchester United won the "Battle of Britain" over Glasgow Rangers. See Soccer Watch Online for full results.