Texas to take on toughest conference test yet


Zachary Strain


Freshman goalkeeper Abby Smith.. After a rocky non-conference season, the Longhorns are 4-1 againt Big 12 teams. 

Wes Maulsby

After being picked to finish No. 6 in the Big 12 before the season started, Texas has had a surprising start to its conference slate. The Longhorns knocked off defending Big 12 champions Oklahoma on the way to a 4-1 start in conference play.

But with just three games left until the Big 12 tournament, Texas has to play two of the top three teams in the conference this season and the only two ranked teams in the Big 12 at this point.

First Texas will take a trip to Waco to play a Baylor team that leads the conference in goals, averaging 2.4 a game. The Bears also lead the conference in shutouts, with 10 going into the contest Friday. Baylor is tied with Texas Tech for third in the conference at nine points each. But while the Red Raiders have three wins, the Bears have three draws and have not been able to get goals in those close games. They have a pair of 1-1 draws and, most recently, a 0-0 draw against Oklahoma State.

But all of Baylor’s ties have come on the road. It has outscored its last four home opponents, 13-2. 

On Sunday Texas catches a break with a road trip against TCU. The Horned Frogs are winless in conference play and have the worst record in the Big 12. After playing what should be a competitive game against Baylor, the match against TCU should be a nice cooldown before the Longhorns finish the season against league-leading West Virginia
next Friday.

Texas and Baylor kick off at 7 p.m. Friday and will face TCU at 1 p.m. Oct. 26.