AUSTIN, Texas — Whatever was missing from the Texas soccer team’s offense in the Longhorns’ first four games of the season was rediscovered, and then some, as UT blasted Kansas State, 7-0, at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Seven goals is a huge outburst for any team, but the Longhorns had scored just two goals and been shut out twice in their first four games. But seven different players scored Friday, piling up the team’s most goals since overwhelming Texas Tech by the same score Oct. 12, 2003.
The victory improved the Longhorns’ record to 2-3-0, while Kansas State fell to 0-4-0 after suffering its worst loss in program history.
The seven goals were tied for the third-most for UT in a Big 12 regular-season game in program history. Texas crushed Oklahoma, 9-0, Sept.26, 1997, and ran over Oklahoma State, 8-0, Sept. 28, 1997.
The Longhorns obviously dominated the game, but considering the final margin, enjoyed a relatively modest 20-10 advantage in shots, and dominated the quality shots, with a 13-1 edge in shots on goal.
Senior forward Haley Berg needed just 121 seconds to score the only goal the Longhorns would need when she scored off assists by Presley Echols and Sydney Nobles. The tally was Berg’s first of the season and 21st of her career, moving her into a tie with Alanna Makinano (1996-99) and Katie Baruth (1996-98) for ninth place in program history.
Emma Regan buried a penalty kick in the 32nd minute to double the Longhorns’ lead before halftime.
Whatever was said by the Texas coaches at halftime paid off, as the Longhorns scored five more times after the intermission. Midfielders Julia Grosso and Echols each scored their first goals of the season, while Cameron Brooks, Lauryn Oliver and Kailey Smith each scored their first goals.
The goals by Regan and Oliver were the first of their careers, while Echols and freshman midfielder Sophia Claros picked up the first assists of their young careers.
Senior goalkeeper Savannah Madden was barely tested, picking up her third career shutout after making a single save in the rout.
The Longhorns will have a chance to even their record at 6 p.m. next Friday at Iowa State.