Cowboys, Red Raiders up next for UT

Sara Beth Purdy

The Longhorns want to get the bad taste of defeat out of their mouths.

After winning an important conference game against long-time rival Oklahoma, Texas dropped a physical battle against out-of-state foe San Diego State 1-0 last weekend.

The team will try to find redemption on the road this weekend. Tonight, the Longhorns are in Stillwater to face Oklahoma State before heading to Lubbock for a Sunday afternoon contest against Texas Tech.

“We have to get our things together,” said junior forward Vanessa Ibewuike. “We have to really come out on top of our stuff next game. We have to take care of Oklahoma State and Tech next weekend.”

The unranked Longhorns (9-5, 3-2) face their first ranked opponent in the No. 2 Cowgirls — currently undefeated, they’re also the only ranked team in the Big 12.

The unranked Red Raiders are 9-4-2 on the season.

Junior forward Hannah Higgins leads the team into this weekend’s competitions. Last Friday, against Oklahoma, Higgins scored the only two goals of the night in the Longhorn’s 2-0 victory.

“She [is] great, and she’s been great all year,” said Texas head coach Chris Petrucelli. “It’s not about the goals, but really just how hard she plays. She’s been a dangerous player all year long."

Printed on Friday, October 14, 2011 as: Cowboys, Red Raiders up next for UT