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Texas Soccer to Host NCAA First Round Match Against Rice

(Image via TexasSports.com)

(Image via TexasSports.com)

Via - UT Athletics Communications

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas soccer is officially back in the NCAA Tournament as the Longhorns earned an at-large bid to the field of 64 and will host Rice in the friendly confines of Mike A. Myers Stadium on Fri., Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. CT, according to a Monday announcement from the NCAA.

Tickets are available online at TexasSports.com/tickets or by calling 512-471-3333. Fans may also purchase tickets in person at the Bellmont Hall ticket office (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) or on match day at Mike A. Myers Stadium beginning one hour prior to the match. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult-Field Level ($13); Adult-Grandstands ($9); Youth-Senior Field Level ($11); Youth-Grandstands ($7) and Groups-Grandstands (10 or more people - $6 -must be purchase online or by calling 512-232-3333 by Fri., Nov. 14, at Noon CT).

“We are all so excited for the Texas soccer program,” Texas head coach Angela Kelly said. “I feel like our team is peaking at the right time. I’m really proud of the performance this past weekend against two of the top programs in the nation. We were able to put back-to-back strong performances together, which tells me that the team is steadfast, they are resilient, they can follow a game plan and execute against top quality opposition. Those are exactly the qualities you have to have for success going forward. Tournament time is a different animal, win and advance. You can never overlook an opponent and have to take it one match at a time.

“I’m just so excited for our senior class. They’ve invested so much and have given so much to this program. To have one more chance to play at home, maybe when you’re not expecting it, is like icing on the cake.”

Texas will be making its 11th all-time appearance in the event and its first since dropping a 1-0 decision at South Carolina back on Nov. 11, 2011. If the Horns were to advance through to the second round, they would face-off against the winner of the match between Valparaiso and national fourth-seed Notre Dame.

The Longhorns posted a 10-7-4 overall record in 2014, advanced to the semifinals of last week’s Big 12 Conference Tournament and currently own an RPI of 28 according to Monday’s release by the NCAA.

Via - UT Athletics Communications

 

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