Texas beats Stephen F. Austin 2-0, gets second straight shutout

Brittany Lamas

No. 25 Texas soccer notched its second straight shutout Friday, beating Stephen F. Austin 2-0 in Nacogdoches despite being outshot by the Ladyjacks.

The Longhorns 12 total shots, only five of those on goal, were enough to secure the win despite Stephen F. Austin’s 16 total shots, including seven from forward Chelsea Raymond.

The pair of goals for Texas was split between the halves and goalkeepers, one coming from senior midfielder Gabby Zarnegar on keeper Lacey Lee and the other from freshman midfielder Julia Dyche beating the Ladyjacks’ second keeper, Morgan Glick.  

Zarnegar got her shot off in just the sixth minute off a corner kick from junior midfielder Sharis Lachappelle. Lachappelle sent the ball in from the right side, and the cross caught the head of Zarnegar, who put it in the back of the net. Zarnegar’s second goal of the season ended a drought dating back to Sept. 6 against Samford.

In the second half, Dyche scored her first career goal on a cross from sophomore forward Kelsey Shimmick. After Shimmick drove the ball up the right side of the field, she crossed it to the box, finding the feet of Dyche, who sent it on the ground past the keeper.

Sophomore goalkeeper Abby Smith recorded her eighth shutout of the season, topping last year’s seven. Smith also recorded a career-high in saves with seven.

Texas will look to extend its winning streak to six in its final match of the regular season against Texas Tech in Lubbock on Friday before the Big 12 tournament begins the following week.