By Steve Lansdale
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — The University of Texas women’s soccer team has taken great pride in the fact that the Longhorns have taken on the nation’s best during their non-conference schedule. In their first game as a Big 12 foe, the Longhorns faced another of the nation’s elite, falling, 2-0, Friday night at West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, who are ranked No. 5 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA), outshot the Longhorns, 31-5. WVU got the only goal it would need in the 36th minute when Hannah Abraham headed an assist from Bianca St. Georges into the upper right corner of the net, and added an insurance goal in the 52nd minute when Ashley Lawrence converted an assist from Kailey Utley to make reach the final score.
Senior Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith kept the game within reach by posting 10 saves to extend her Big 12-leading total to 57. Five players — including Smith — had a shot for the Longhorns.
With the loss, Texas now has a record of 3-3-3 and 0-1-0 in Big 12 games. The Longhorns return to action next Friday at Kansas.