Soccer weekend preview

Wes Maulsby

A disastrous non-conference season comes to an end for Texas soccer this weekend. The Longhorns have limped out to a 2-6 start this season. Now they’re looking down the barrel of Big 12 play starting next week. First on tap for this weekend, the Longhorns host Fresno State Friday.

The Bulldogs may be the team that finally gets the Longhorns out of their funk. Fresno State is 0-4-3 and have given up 10 goals in their last three games while only scoring three. In their three games against ranked opponents, the Bulldogs have been shut out while allowing nine goals. Meanwhile, Texas has given up 11 goals in its last four games while only being able to score one.

While it is likely that these two teams could play to a draw — something Fresno State is certainly used to ­­— one of these teams is bound to get a break tonight and pick up a much-needed win this season.

The game will kick off at 8 p.m. and will be shown on the Longhorn Network.

Texas’ final non-conference game will come Sunday against Denver. The Pioneers are riding a six-game unbeaten streak, in which they have won five games and tied once.

Denver is coming off of a strong two-game showing at the Denver University Invitational, where it beat Colorado 4-1 and later beat UC Irvine 4-0.

Denver will be one of the stronger teams to face Texas in non-conference play, but it will be coming into Austin two days after a showdown in Lawrence against a solid Kansas team that hasn’t lost since mid-August.

Texas may be able to take advantage of the Pioneers’ fatigue after Friday’s game against the Jayhawks. Texas and Denver will kick off at 7 p.m., and the match will be shown on the Longhorn Network before the Texas begins conference play against Iowa State next week.