In 1964, the University of Texas at Austin established its men’s club soccer program. Over the years, the program has grown to become one of the premier club soccer programs in the nation. The UT men’s soccer program holds three national titles, and one national runner-up:
• 1990 NCSA National Club Soccer Championship
• 1995 NIRSA National Club Soccer Championship
• 1996 NCSA National Club Soccer Championship
• 1997 NIRSA Runner-up National Club Soccer Championship
The men’s soccer team has turned in a winning record every season since the late 1980’s thanks to a solid coaching staff and the continual flow of high caliber soccer players seeking a great soccer program and a top tier education. Each year, the team plays in a combination of league, tournament and friendly matches. The following is a brief history of the club’s results & travels.
2000 - PRESENT
The recent history of the UT men’s soccer team has included conference play in the Texas Collegiate Soccer League (TCSL) and appearances in both the Region IV qualification tournament and the NIRSA national championship tournament. The team finished in first place in the TCSL conference in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008. UT men’s soccer has advanced to the National Championship Round of 16 four times since 2000.
1990 - 1999
The nineties has been the most successful decade on record for the UT men’s soccer team. Robert Parr coached the team from 1990 to 1994 leading the team to a national championship in 1990. Alfonso Gutierrez led the team to national championships in 1995 and 1996 and a 2nd in the nation finish in 1997. Alfonso’s coaching record for the 1996 and 1997 season was 37-6-5.
In 1990, the team won the NCSA National Championship held in Austin (Texas) in a thrilling final. After winning the TCSL regular season with a 6 and 1 record, they advanced to the national tournament beating Rice 3-0 in the quarterfinals, University of Kansas 2-0 in the semifinals, and won on penalty kicks 6-5 over Illinois in front of 2,000 screaming fans.
In 1993, Texas travelled to Monterrey, Mexico to compete in the Torneo Internacional Borrego ’93 tournament. Texas won the tournament.
In 1995, the team decided to participate in the NIRSA tournament and cruised to the final game defeating Kansas State by a score of 5 to 1. The UT men’s 2nd team won the NIRSA open bracket tournament the same year.
In 1996, the University of Texas soccer team decided to accept their invitation to travel to Phoenix and compete in the last NCSA hosted national tournament. The team brought the 1996 NCSA National Championship title back to Austin. Facing a highly rated Arizona team in the quarter-finals, the team found the back of the net to win 1-0 in overtime. Texas hit their stride in the semi-final match defeating Mississippi State University 4-0. The Texas men scored two goals in the last 10 minutes of the national title game to defeat the University of Michigan by a score of 2 to 1. This final win brought the fall 1996 season to a 22-2-2 overall record.
In 1997, the Texas men’s soccer team again finished first in the TCSL and at the regional tournament. The team travelled to Georgia to compete in the NIRSA National Championship. Texas and Brigham Young University (BYU) both advanced to face one another in the Saturday night final at 7:00 PM. Both teams created opportunities but the match remained 0-0 through the first 90 minutes and the first overtime period. In double overtime, BYU found the back of the net and Texas settled for a 2nd place finish with a disappointing 1-0 loss. The Horns finished the fall 1997 season with a 15-4-3 overall record.
PLEASE SEE THE ABOVE SLIDESHOW FOR A LOOK AT THE MANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS ENJOYED BY THE CLUB OVER THE YEARS AT WHITAKER FIELDS OR ON THE ROAD.
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