Women’s soccer dropped its final two non-conference games this weekend, with losses coming at the hands of Texas Christian University Friday, 4-0, and the University of Texas, 2-1. The Wildcats move to 1-6-1 overall and will begin Southland Conference play Friday, Sept. 18 at home against Texas A&M- Corpus Christi.
ACU struggled offensively against the Hornedfrogs last Friday, putting up just five shots for the entire game and only two coming on goal. TCU finished with 19 shots and nine on goal. The visiting Wildcats gave up one goal in the first half, as the Hornedfrogs capitalized in the 18th minute on a shot from five yards out.
The second half would bear witness to an offensive explosion for TCU. The Hornedfrogs would strike for three goals to break things open in Fort Worth. In the 48th minute, TCU found the back of the goal and then four minutes later, the Wildcats gave up another goal on a strike from the top of the 19-yard box, making it 3-0 TCU. The final goal came later in the 78th minute when a give-and-go made it past the ACU defenders and into the box.
Sunday afternoon, the Wildcats played on the SEC Network when they took on the Longhorns in Austin. The game went into halftime scoreless, as the Wildcats fought to shutout the Longhorn offense. It wasn’t until the 70th minute that the first goal of the afternoon was registered, as a header off a free-kick found the back of the box to put the Longhorns up 1-0. In the next minute, UT found the goal again with a cross in front of the box that made it past the Wildcats, making it 2-0 UT in the 71st minute.
ACU made things close with a goal in the 78th minute. A takeaway by freshman Sophie Standifer sent her off to the races and ended in an ACU goal to make it 2-1. The Wildcats wouldn’t get any closer than that, as they returned home with the loss.
“We played a solid game today,” head coach Casey Wilson said. “The coaching staff is pleased with how we responded after Friday’s match. It was a great team effort and I liked how our center midfielders played with composure. Kelsie (Roberts) and Chantal (Kinsey) also played great, as they have all year, and I think our schedule has been a constant reminder to keep the bar high.”
Junior goalkeeper Sydney Newton registered five saves in the loss to TCU and then had 11 saves on 23 shots faced against the Longhorns in a shortened afternoon of work. Newton was injured on the Longhorns first goal of the game, when she collided with another player trying to make the save. She was able to leave under her own power, but with junior goalkeeper Kelsey Dombrowski out for the past three games, the Wildcats were forced to turn to freshman Madeline Grimes in the box.