By Steve Lansdale
Freshman forward Alexa Adams scored both goals for the Texas women’s soccer team, lifting the Longhorns to a 2-1 win Friday over Iowa State at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The victory, which improved UT’s record to 5-3-4 overall and 2-1-1 in Big 12 games, was not as close as the one-goal margin might suggest. The Longhorns enjoyed a 23-13 advantage in shots (including a 7-4 edge in shots on goal), and held a commanding 12-3 margin on corner kicks.
Adams became the first UT player in 13 months to score twice, when then-freshman Olivia Brook tallied a pair of goals in UT’s 6-0 win over Texas A&M-Commerce in September 2014. The goals also pulled Adams into a tie with senior midfielder Lindsey Meyer for the 2015 team with three goals.
Texas head coach Angela Kelly said she was glad to see Adams rewarded for the offensive chances she has been creating.
“(Adams) has been creating opportunities for herself all season,” Kelly said. “That’s what forwards are supposed to do: put the ball in the back of the net. I was really pleased for her, and just excited (that) the team could celebrate two great goals.”
Freshman forward Mikayla Flores was credited with the first assist of her college career on Adams’ first goal; senior forward Kelsey Shimmick got credit for setting up Adams to score the game-winner. Freshman midfielder Kayra Dollas led the Longhorns with six shots, while Meyer added five; Adams scored her two goals on just three shots.
Senior goalkeeper Abby Smith retained her saves lead among Big 12 goalkeepers. The three she picked up against Iowa State gave her 70 through 12 matches this season.
The Longhorns will return to Myers Stadium at 4 p.m. Sunday when they take on TCU (8-6-0 overall, 2-2-0 in Big 12 games).