DI WSOC Recap: TCU and Texas A&M roll to wins; Texas wins chilly road affair

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Early Goals Help No. 6 TCU Sink Texas Tech

Story courtesy: TCU Athletics

The No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs remained undefeated with a 2-0 victory over Texas Tech Friday night at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. Messiah Bright and Grace Collins struck for a pair of goals in the first nine minutes. Emily Alvarado made three stops to record her fourth shutout of the season.

TCU had a 2-0 lead on its first two shots of the match and never looked back. Michelle Slater started the Frogs’ run down the field and fed to Payton Crews. Her touch pass found Messiah Bright in stride and she fired a shot far side for her first tally of the season and a 1-0 TCU lead in the fifth minute.

Just over four minutes later, Grace Collins took on a defender and powered through with a shot inside the near post to double up the Frogs’ lead.

Texas Tech’s strongest flurry came just after Bright’s goal. Jordie Harr’s shot inside the six was blocked out by a TCU defender. On the ensuing corner kick, Sierra Jones’ header was corralled by Emily Alvarado.

TCU weathered an early push from Texas Tech in the second half that saw the Red Raiders generate two shots and two corner kicks. 

From there, the Horned Frogs went on the attack, funneling shots towards the net and keeping Texas Tech at bay. Bright had a couple of good looks, one a point-blank shot that was kicked away by the Red Raider goalkeeper and another that sailed just high over the crossbar.

TCU (4-0-1) hits the road for three straight starting Thursday at nationally-ranked Kansas. The Jayhawks enter the match with a 4-1-0 record. The game will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.


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Aggies Roll to 3-0 Win vs. Mississippi State

Story courtesy: Thomas Dick, Texas A&M Athletics Communications

The No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies got a pair of first half goals from SEC Co-Freshman of the Week, Barbara Olivieri, in a 3-0 victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Friday evening at Ellis Field.

Olivieri found the net twice in a span of 2:43 to give Ol’ Sarge’s charges a 2-0 lead in the 37th minute. Ali Russell finished off the scoring with the first goal of her career in the 61st minute. Texas A&M got assists from Lauren Geczik, Jimena Lopez, Kendall Bates and Kate Colvin.

On the season, Olivieri leads the Aggies with eight points on three goals and two assists.

Jordan Burbank logged her first career shutout in goal for Texas A&M. The Aggie defense of Katie Smith, Karlina Sample, Lopez, Macie Kolb, Daria Britton, Sawyer Dumond, Taylor Pounds and Taylor Ziemer stymied Mississippi State all night, holding the Bulldogs to just six shots and one shot-on-goal.

The Aggies distinct advantages in shots (19-6), shots-on-goal (11-1) and corner kicks (7-1).

Texas A&M improved to 3-1-0 on the season while the Bulldogs suffered their first defeat, moving to 2-1-2 on the year.

The Aggies hit the road for a 6 p.m. contest against the Tennessee Volunteers next Friday in Knoxville.


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Texas uses Berg goal to win road tilt at Iowa State, 1-0

Story courtesy: University of Texas Athletics

With temperatures hovering in the mid-40’s and windy conditions on Friday night at the Cyclone Sports Complex, Texas soccer (3-3-0) got a picture-perfect, 22-yard free-kick goal from senior midfielder Haley Berg at the 53:22 mark to knock off Iowa State (2-4-0) in a Big 12 Conference road tilt, 1-0.

Iowa State created a threatening opportunity just 38 seconds into the match as a cross was delivered in from the right wing. Cyclone midfielder Emma Mira raced in, while tightly marked at the near post, but chipped her shot wide right of frame.

After a prolonged battle through the midfield, Texas’ offense began to settle in as junior midfielder Julia Grosso managed UT’s first two shots by blasting high of frame twice at 11:00 and 13:50.

The Longhorns continued their pressure over the next few minutes as sophomore forward Sydney Nobles (17:03) and Berg (19:33) each forced saves from distance by ISU goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz.

In the 31st minute, Texas freshman forward Presley Echols managed to out-leap a crowd in the middle of the 18 to get her head on a ball, but her shot traveled well wide right.

Iowa State had another chance off a corner kick at 35:32 as the delivery into the middle was deflected towards goal. In a crowd near the top of the six, ISU midfielder Courtney Powell flicked a nine-yard shot on frame, but Madden dove quickly to her right to make a key save.

At 41:16, Texas created another opportunity as Echols played a ball out wide left to junior forward Cameron Brooks. She took a dribble and blasted a shot at Silkowitz that deflected out of the keeper hands and towards the middle of the box. The net minder had enough defensive cover, however, to be able to race out and corral the rebound before UT’s Echols could manage any follow-up effort.

Out of the halftime break, UT junior Carlee Allen fired in a shot from 15 yards out of the left wing that was blocked away by the ISU defense and cleared at 46:50.

An Iowa State defender tripped up Berg at 52:37 to set the Longhorns up in a dangerous position just outside the top of the box. Off the free kick, Berg took full advantage as the Celina, Texas, product blasted a 22-yard effort through the Cyclones defensive wall and into the lower left corner to grant UT a 1-0 advantage.

Almost three minutes later at the 56:22 mark, ISU had a solid opportunity for the equalizer as Mira received a pass in some space inside the 18. With a steady wind at her back, she lifted her eventual 15-yard shot up and over the crossbar for a goal kick.

The Cyclones’ offense continued to press as Mira forced a Madden save at 66:50, while Powell fired wide left at 68:49.

Off an Iowa State corner kick in the 77th minute, Madden fought her way through a crowd near the top of the six and punched the ball out of any danger.

From there, Texas did a strong job of holding possession and working down the clock. Iowa State did manage one final chance with approximately 40 seconds remaining, but a lengthy header from just inside the top of the 18 traveled on a bounce to Madden as the Longhorns prevailed, 1-0.


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Baylor Fights But Comes Up Short at No. 7 West Virginia

Story courtesy: Baylor Athletics

Baylor dropped a 2-1 contest to No. 7 West Virginia on Friday night in Morgantown.

The Mountaineers, looking for their first shutout since their season opener against Iowa State, were denied a clean sheet when sophomore forward Elizabeth Kooiman netted a goal from outside the box into the upper 90 past the diving West Virginia keeper with five minutes left in the match.

Freshman midfielder Gabby Mueller brought the ball down the middle of the field before passing it to Kooiman on the left side. Kooiman, who recorded Baylor’s first hat trick since 2010 against WVU a year ago, made a move to juke past a defender before sending in the shot off her right foot.

The Bears continued to battle the rest of the match as they had a corner kick in the 89th minute. Freshman defender Chloe Japic booted the ball into the box, but the WVU goalkeeper picked the ball out of the air to end any threat of a Baylor equalizer.

West Virginia got on the board in the 35th minute when Alina Stahl intercepted a pass in the midfield before finishing with a goal in the lower left corner.

After a couple of big saves by Jennifer Wandt, the Mountaineers added to their lead in the 68th minute when Gabrielle Robinson delivered a through ball to Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel, who finished with a goal in the top of the net.

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