Freshman scores in debut to lift soccer over Oklahoma

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Playing in her college debut, freshman forward scored the only goal the Texas Longhorns would need in UT's 1-0 win over Oklahoma (photo by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated).

AUSTIN, Texas — Freshman forward Presley Echols scored her first goal in her first appearance as a collegiate player, and in the process lifted the Texas soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Echols’ goal was the first tally of the season for the Longhorns (1-2-0), who started the season on the short end of back-to-back shutouts. Her goal was set up by senior forward Haley Berg, whose first assist of the season was the 17th of her career, which moved her into a tie with Carol Finch (1995-97) for 10th place in the history of the program.

The game was as close statistically as it was on the scoreboard. UT outshot OU, 11-10, and edged the Sooners in shots on goal, 4-3. Berg led the Longhorns with five shots. Echols was the only other UT player to register more than a single shot; she had two.

Echols is the first Texas player to score in her college debut since Sydney Nobles got on the scoreboard in the Longhorns’ 2019 season opener against Gonzaga.

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Echols’ goal would not have held up had Texas goalkeeper Savannah Madden and the UT defense pitched a shutout against the Oklahoma offense. The clean sheet was the second in Madden’s career.

The victory gave the Longhorns a 16-9-2 all-time edge against OU, including a 9-2-1 mark at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

The Longhorns will try to even their season record next Friday, Oct. 2, when they travel for a road game at West Virginia, a match that will be carried on ESPN+.

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