Women’s soccer team prevails in overtime

Sara Beth Purdy

This past weekend, the Longhorns traveled to the Golden State to compete in the USC Invitational hosted in Los Angeles. After dropping the first game of the weekend 2-1 to San Diego, the Longhorns fought a tough battle against USC before coming out with a 2-1 victory in double overtime. After this weekend, the Longhorn’s record stands at 6-2-0.

On Friday night, Texas gave up two goals in the first 30 minutes of the game, both to San Diego’s senior forward Stephanie Ochs. Senior forward Kylie Doniak gave Texas hope in the second half with a header off of assists from senior defender Lucy Keith and senior forward Taylor Knaack.

Doniak’s goal against the Toreros brought her career total to 18, which makes her 10th highest scorer overall in the Texas record books.

Despite the momentum created by the three seniors, Texas could not make another shot, although they held a 13-12 lead in shots taken.

The loss to San Diego on Friday carried over to Sunday’s game against invitational host, USC. Prior to the weekend, Texas had scored the first goal in each of its matches so far this season. The Trojans went up halfway through the first half to put Texas in a 1-0 hole.

Towards the end of regulation time, sophomore midfielder Lexi Harris knocked in a goal from junior forward Hannah Higggins to tie up the game. Both teams were locked in a defensive battle through the first overtime, which lasted 10 minutes.

Higgins had her second assist of the night with a pass to junior forward Vanessa Ibewuike at the beginning of the second overtime period, leading to Ibewuike’s third goal of the season.

The Longhorns return home on Sept. 23 where they will face Baylor in their 2011 conference opener.

Printed on September 12, 2011 as: Texas finishes 1-1, defeats USC in California