Horns split pair in first Big 12 road trip

Jacob Martella

After opening up Big 12 play 2-0, the Longhorns split a pair this weekend on the road, losing to West Virginia 2-1 and defeating Kansas 1-0.

Texas (9-4-1, 3-1-0 Big 12) fell behind early in Morgantown Friday when the Mountaineers’ Frances Silva beat sophomore goalie Abby Smith with a shot to the far post in the 16th minute. Silva beat Smith again just 32 seconds into the second half, giving West Virginia (9-2-2, 3-0 Big 12) a 2-0 lead. 

The Longhorns fought back with a goal from sophomore midfielder Lindsey Meyer, who headed in a free kick from senior midfielder Gabby Zarnegar in the 50th minute, but were unable to add the equalizer, suffering their first conference loss.

For only the second time this season, the Longhorns were outshot in the match. Texas managed to get off six shots and four shots on goal while West Virginia fired 16 shots and seven shots on goal.

Sunday, against Kansas, Texas had a hard time finishing shots but was able to shut out the Jayhawks.

The Longhorns fired 15 shots and eight on goal, but it was sophomore midfielder Aaron Strawser’s shot that snuck over Jayhawks keeper Kaitlyn Stroud with just under five minutes left and found the back of the net to give Texas the win.

Kansas (5-6-2, 0-1-1 Big 12) had 12 shots of their own, but Smith stopped all three shots on goal to record her sixth shutout of the season and the 13th of her career.

The Longhorns remain tied with the Mountaineers in points atop the Big 12 standings but are a half-game behind, record-wise.

Texas returns home to continue conference play against Baylor on Friday night.