No.20 football posts first unbeaten Big 12 list with Kansas 2-0 shutout
LAWRENCE, Kan. – On a cold, rainy and windy Thursday night in Rock Chalk Park, Texas No.20 football (10-3-5, 6-0-3 Big 12) finished the program’s undefeated Big 12 Conference first season. . history by shutting out Kansas (7-11-1, 2-7-0 Big 12), 2-0.
In the process, Texas also extended their best unbeaten streak of the season to 12 straight games dating back to September 12, marking the second longest skein in program history,
Texas Team Notes
- The Longhorns were only one point behind TCU in the Big 12 regular season title race, but were seeded No.2 in the upcoming Big 12 Championship in Round Rock, TX. .
- First year students Trinidad Byars and Lexi Missimo each scored their ninth goal of the season leading the team.
- Texas recorded their first unbeaten (6-0-3) Big 12 campaign in program history.
- Texas edged Kansas 18-9 overall, led 7-4 in shots on goal and had an 11-3 advantage in corners.
Despite strong pressure at the start of Texas, it was Kansas who recorded the game’s opening shot as Brie Severns folded a 20-yard left wing shot outside the right post at 7:54.
The Longhorns got on the board in the 11th minute as Byars had a blocked shot from the top of the box.
Fifth year senior goaltender Madden Savannah was forced into action between the pipes for the Horns for the 20th and 21st minutes. On the second shot at 8:18 pm, KU’s Shira Elinav hit an effort from the right side of the box that deflected a defender and leapt into the air before falling into the arms of the UT keeper.
Texas had a great chance to go wrong at 11:54 p.m. as a senior forward Mackenzie mcfarland crossed a dangerous ball from the right wing in the middle. Moving up the six, Byars managed to unleash a quick volley, but missed the shot as the ball bounced harmlessly off KU goalie Emilie Gavillet.
At 27:23, Kansas’ Rylan Childers tried his luck at 19 yards, but Madden blocked the bouncer on a jump near the left post.
On a Texas corner in the 31st minute, a feed in the crowd ricocheted straight up front. Longhorns first year midfielder Ashlyn miller attempted a volley from 20 meters, but his shot, with a strong wind in the back, went well over the bar.
The Longhorns stepped up their pressure over time throughout the first half as the main defender Emma Regan (31:49), senior defender Cameron brooks (33:53 & 36:35) and second defender Lauren Lapomarda (34:15) all fired.
As time is running out in the first stanza, the Texas senior defenseman Carlee Allen took possession of a corner and hit a blast from the left wing to Gavillet’s right as Burnt Orange & White managed a 10-4 first-half advantage on shots.
It only took 2:51 out of the locker room at halftime for Texas to finally take the lead. A ball played to the right wing fell just in front of a marked Byars. The Richardson, Texas speedster pushed his way around a KU defenseman and scored from a sharp right angle into the left side net to make it 1-0.
Just over seven minutes later at 55:02, the Longhorns doubled their advantage to 2-0. Brooks started the game passing the field to the freshman forward Holly ward on the left wing. Ward moved the end line and crossed the top of the six where Missimo was waiting to come home from six yards.
Kansas finally pulled off another threat at 67:57 as Childers hit a left wing frame shot that was deflected forward before Texas could clear their lines.
On a free kick with a strong backwind at 71:22, Kansas’ Moira Kelly fired a 30-yard try on the frame as Madden jumped to tip the crossbar.
First-year defenseman EmJ Cox nearly scored three points for the Horns at 74:46 as his header from a corner bounced just outside the left post.
The Texas defense continued to fight on the stretch as a pair of Severns shots went wide (79:35 and 82:09), while the backline continued to hamper deflections to close the lanes. Kansas overtaking.
The Jayhawks had one last solid chance with 1:23 to go into settlement on a free kick as Kelly unleashed a 25-yard shot that deflected just off the right post.