411OnTheForty: Spring soccer schedule includes Big 12 rematch, duels against SEC programs

Head coach Angela Kelly and the Texas women's soccer team will take on the NWSL's Houston Dash in an exhibition match before kicking off the 2021 spring schedule (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas soccer team will face two Southeastern Conference opponents and one Big 12 rematch during its five-game spring schedule, which was released Thursday.

The slate starts with an exhibition home match at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 against the National Women's Soccer League's Houston Dash at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Texas fell to the Dash by a score of 1-0 when the two teams last met March 9, 2019. The two were scheduled to battle last March, but Covid-19 canceled the remainder of the spring slate for Texas.

Less than a week later, Texas State travels the short distance to Austin to face UT at 7 p.m. March 5. The Bobcats went 4-4 in Sun Belt Conference play this past fall.

The Horns, who finished the fall schedule with a 4-5 record, then will play at Baylor at 6 p.m. March 11 in a rematch of the final home match of the fall season, which Texas won, 1-0. Baylor went 3-3-3 in conference play during the fall, including a 0-0 draw against then-No. 4 Oklahoma State.

Texas then travels 11 days later to the Gulf coast to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. March 26. The Islanders struggled to get on the pitch this past fall, with four of their contests either postponed or canceled. They went 1-2-1 in the fall.

The spring concludes with the SEC duels April 9 at LSU and April 15 at home against Arkansas.

LSU mustered a measly 3-7-2 record in 2020. Arkansas, on the other hand, could be UT's toughest opponent, and will be the only team the Horns face that posted a record above .500 in the fall. The Razorbacks went 9-2 with victories over No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 10 South Carolina and No. 15 Auburn.

Riley Zayas

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley

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