Soccer team breaks OSU’s win streak, falls to Tech

Sara Beth Purdy

Texas had a long weekend. On Friday night, the Longhorns traveled to Stillwater, Okla., where they faced the second-ranked and undefeated Cowgirls. After fighting through two overtimes against the Cowgirls, the game ended in a 1-1 draw, Texas traveled to Lubbock for a Sunday night match. The Texas Tech Red Raiders took the Longhorns through another double overtime match. However, Texas’s luck ran out in Lubbock where they eventually fell 2-4 to the Raiders.
As a result of this weekend’s action, Texas fell to 9-6-1 on the season and 3-3-1 in the Big 12. Texas now ranks fifth in the Big 12.

The Longhorns struck early against the undefeated Cowgirls with a goal by junior Kristin Cummins off of an assist by senior Taylor Knaack in the first five minutes of play. The goal propelled Texas to early 1-0 lead that marked the first time this season that the second-ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls trailed at any point during a game.

Texas kept that lead going through the entire first half thanks to several impressive saves by junior goal keeper Alexa Gaul. Oklahoma State scored the tying goal in the 12th minute of the second half off a long shot in the upper corner of the goal.

The battle went on through two overtimes before the game was ruled a 1-1 draw. The draw snapped the Cowgirl’s 15-game record but was not enough to knock them from atop the Big 12.

Gaul and sophomore Nina Frausing Pederson scored the two Longhorn goals in Lubbock on Sunday night. Pederson was assisted by junior Vanessa Ibewuike. Gaul was unassisted in her second goal for the season, a rare feat for a goalkeeper.

The Longhorns return to the field this Sunday for the “Kick for the Cure,” a match against Seattle University that aims to raise money to support the fight against breast cancer.