Soccer unable to capitalize on chances, loses to Oregon State, Oregon

Brittany Lamas

Despite creating chances and outshooting its opponents, Texas soccer managed only one goal in two games this weekend, dropping matches to both Oregon State and Oregon on the road.

In its matchup with Oregon State on Friday in Corvallis, Ore., the Longhorns managed 13 shots, but all six on goal were saved by Beaver goalkeeper Sammy Prudhomme, resulting in a shutout. 

Texas’ offensive attempts were led by sophomore goalkeeper Abby Smith, who recorded three shots, each from free kicks, along with freshman forward Jasmine Hart, who also recorded three shots on goal. 

Oregon State needed only six shots to gain its one-score advantage. Its goal came in the 47th minute off the head of senior midfielder Brandi Dawson. Dawson had two shots on the night, both of them on goal.

It was a similar result Sunday in Eugene, Ore., with Texas outshooting the Ducks 14-9, but only recording one goal to Oregon’s two. Oregon scored in the 10th and 34th minutes of play, while the Longhorns only point came from a penalty kick taken by junior defender Brooke Gilbert in the 85th minute.

The loss was not for lack of chances, however. Of Texas’ 14 shots, seven of them were on goal and the team had seven set play opportunities on which it failed to convert.

Senior midfielder Gabby Zarnegar led the team with four shots and created opportunities throughout the game, even landing shots in back-to-back minutes, but was unable to score. Sophomore midfielder Lindsey Meyer had three shots and sophomore forward Kelsey Schimmick had a close attempt blocked by the crossbar.

Texas sits at 1-2-1 on the season, and will return to Austin this weekend to take on Samford and Illinois State.