Soccer Watch

UT against the ropes; first Europe, then the World

The UT women struggled last weekend to split two overtime games – 3-2 at Texas Tech and 1-2 at Baylor – that they won 7-0 and 4-0 last year at home. The Horns will have to improve in their homecoming this weekend, against teams they lost to three times last year – Oklahoma at 7pm Friday, Oct. 1, and Oklahoma State at 3pm Sunday, Oct. 3 – to avoid falling in a deep hole in a very strong Big 12 conference, and perhaps out of the national rankings. Mike A. Myers Stadium. $4-6.

European Champions League game day two is under way at press time. Real Madrid has stormed back with four unanswered goals to stun Roma, 4-2, and perhaps breathe some life into what has been a dreary season thus far. Other games are ongoing as I write this item, but through the miracles of digital technology, the results, standings, and group analyses are already available at "Soccer Watch Online" as you read it.

Next week: back to World Cup qualifying, with action on all five continents picking up Oct. 8-13. The U.S. men could clinch a spot in the CONCACAF final round by winning at El Salvador on Saturday, Oct. 9, and against Panama on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

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