By Steve Lansdale
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Forward Olivia Brook and Lindsey Meyer scored in the second half to lift the University of Texas women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Kansas. The victory evened the Longhorns’ record against Big 12 opponents at 1-1-0 and pushed them over the .500 mark at 4-3-3.
Texas scored first, in the 72nd minute, when Brook notched her first goal of the season when she headed in an assist by Meyer on a free kick. Meyer added to the UT lead just over five minutes later when she scored the game-winner — her team-leading third goal of the season — off a corner kick.
“It was a battle,” Texas head coach Angela Kelly said. “That’s the way it’s going to be against every conference opponent. The Big 12 is so challenging from top to bottom. To get a road win in this league is an exceptional feat. I’m just really proud of all our young ladies for their effort tonight.”
Kansas cut the deficit in half in the 80th minute when Grace Hagan scored an unassisted goal off a rebound to make the score 2-1, but that was close as KU would get.
The Jayhawks outshot the Longhorns, 13-11, but UT goalkeeper Abby Smith held her ground, collecting four saves in the victory. UT’s 11 shots came from nine different players; only Brook and Alex Adams had more than one shot for the ’Horns; they had two shots apiece.