Soccer sits at second in Big 12, plays Baylor at home Friday

Brittany Lamas

Halfway into its Big 12 schedule, Texas soccer sits second in conference standings and has tallied as many goals this season as in 2012. With only one matchup this weekend, the team will play their third annual Kick for a Cure game against No. 23 Baylor at Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field on Friday. 

Through the Longhorns’ 14 games of 2013, 12 different contributors have tallied 24 goals. Last year, the team only managed 24 goals by nine different players. Overall, 16 players this season have contributed on the goals, up from 11
in 2012.

The only conference loss for Texas so far this season came against No. 9 West Virginia. The Mountaineers have yet to lose a Big 12 match since joining the conference last year. 

Texas is second in the Big 12 in shots with 216 and third in points with 71. Texas also ranks third in assists (23), shutouts (six) and goals allowed (11). The Longhorns lead the nation in corner kick opportunities with 104 through the
14 games.

The Longhorns dropped the last two games against Baylor, but maintain a winning record against the in-state rival at 9-7-3
in the series.

Baylor is coming off two home losses, one to West Virginia and the other to Brigham Young University — the first time the Bears lost back-to-back matches since 2010. The team currently holds an 8-2-2 record and is 1-1-0 in the Big 12. Baylor last lost three games in a row in 2008 during a six-game losing streak.

As a part of UT Athletics’ Horns for Hope program, the first 100 fans in attendance will be presented with Horns for Hope wristbands. Pink manicures and neck, shoulder and hand massages will be available for all fans at 6 p.m. The game will include a Kids Zone with inflatables, face painting and
soccer skills.