09.09.2021 | 7 p.m. CT
HOUSTON, Texas – In front of 924 fans on Sunday night at Holloway Field, Longhorns freshman defenseman EmJ Cox managed to score her first college goal at 62:04, but it wasn’t enough as Texas soccer (1-2-2 .). ) dominated the game by shots, but finally decided on a 1: 1 (2OT) draw at No. 19 Reis (5-0-1).
Notes on the Texas team
- Texas’ 35 shots were the highest number of shots the Longhorns have fired in a single game since the arrival of head coach Angela Kelly, who ran the program prior to the 2012 season (previous high was 30). The program record is 46 shots, which were set against Sam Houston State in 2006.
- Texan freshman defender EmJ Cox’s goal after a corner kick was the first of her college career, while freshman midfielder Lexi Missimo was credited with her third assist in 2021 and her fifth career aide.
- With 12 shots on goal at Rice, the Longhorns have now scored double-digit shots on goal in their last two competitions.
After a long ball on the right wing, newcomer striker Trinity Byars took a step into Rice’s defense and fired Texas with a 14-yard shot in the arms of Owl keeper Bella Killgore after 2:33.
After Missimo pounded a 17-yard shot into the frame from the right of 18 at 10:23, Rice responded on the other end with Natalie Gorji, who ricocheted a shot from the top of the box into the arms of senior goalkeeper Savannah Madden (14:47).
After a quick turnover in the 24th minute and a counterattack, Texas striker Holly Ward landed possession on the left flank. Her later attempt from 16 meters away went just over the bar.
Texas kept the pressure up during the first half as new signing Tati Fung (29:30), senior midfielder Julia Grosso (32:09), senior defender Mackenzie McFarland (33:54) and Ward (34:01) all far shot frame.
In the 38th minute, Rice’s Madison Kent hit a long-range shot past the right post. Texas’ McFarland later drove a long attempt in the frame against Killgore at 39:11 when the teams went 0-0 for the break.
Right from the half-time locker room, Rice increased the pressure when Delaney Schultz (47:47) and Caleigh Boeckx (49:22) forced Madden to two stops near her left post.
Since both teams had difficulty finding the last pass in the offensive third, Texas managed the breakthrough after a set piece at 62:04. After a corner kick, Missimo fed a ball towards the back post. It was EmJ Cox waiting as the freshman jumped over everyone to head a down and into the left side of the string to make it 1-0.
Rice responded to level the game just 2:16 later when Mariana Elizondo blocked a deflected shot near the top penalty area and shot into the right edge of the line from over 20 yards.
Texas had another promising chance in the 68th minute. Missimo jumped up after a cross from the right flank and tried a quick volley with her right foot from 12 yards, but her shot hit the bar.
In the 72nd minute, Fung attempted a long-range shot, but her shot rattled the right post. A follow-up attempt 25 seconds later by Grosso was taken out of the air by Rice’s keeper.
The Owls came after a corner at 84:28 hopelessly just before the lead. The ball was delivered to the back post where Vyviene Spaulding waited to attempt a shot from six yards. Their effort seemed to be saved from the line by McFarland before the Longhorns could evacuate their lines.
Cox forced another Rice stop at 86:34 when her 12-yard header went straight into Killgore’s hands again.
Texas had the better time of the first overtime, beating the Owls 4-2. Fung had the best chance at 97:43 when Fung tore a shot from the left that forced Killgore to grab her right post.
Senior Defender Cameron Brooks tried her luck from way out on the left wing, just 32 seconds after the second OT, but her 20 yard attempt ventured about a foot over the wood.
Fung forced another save at 104:03 when her attempt was caught by Killgore. In the remaining overtime, the Longhorns managed two corners and a trio of shots from Brooks (104: 46) and Byars (108: 48 & 109: 46) but couldn’t find a winner as the game ended in a 1-1 (2OT) Deadlock.