03/31/2021 | 6 p.m. CT
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – On Friday night at Jack Dugan Soccer Stadium, junior midfielder Julia Grosso, junior striker Mackenzie McFarland and junior striker Cameron Brooks tickled the cord in the second half as Texas Soccer (6-5) Texas A&M- Corpus Christi faded out (4-7-2), 3-0.
- Texas prevailed 28: 5 against Texas A & M-Corpus Christi, of which 16: 5.
- The 28 shots and 16 shots on goal were the Longhorns’ most in a match since they fired 30 shots (16 shots on goal) against Grambling on September 22, 2019.
- The Longhorns improved against Texas A & M-Corpus Christi to 3-0: 0 and in street fights against the islanders to 2-0.
- Texas has now won 31 straight games as it scored two or more goals since the start of the 2017 season.
- UT has been 24-3-1 since the start of the 2018 season when it first scored in a game, and 6-0-0 in such competitions in 2020-21.
- Sydney Nobles’ two assists against TXAM-CC were a career high.
- Grosso’s target was their team-leading fourth of the season, with Brooks registering their third and McFarland their second.
- Senior midfielder Emily Strouphauer was credited with her first support from 2020-21.
- Senior goalkeeper Savannah Madden scored five saves as she recorded her sixth shutout of the year.
It was Texas that took the first shot of the game when new midfielder Lexi Missimo shot just 4:14 in high.
What turned into a Longhorns rifle range continued almost unabated when Missimo and Brooks forced Kyleigh Hall to parry at 7:09 and 1:29 pm, respectively.
Between the pipes, Hall continued to keep the Islanders competing, recording three stops over a 1:05 period from 7:22 pm to 8:27 pm as new defenders Lauren Lapomarda, Brooks and McFarland threatened the net.
Brooks was back at 9:10 p.m. when a one-two between Grosso and Missimo landed at Brooks’ feet. Unfortunately, her final shot hit the side netting.
Texas A&M-CC finally made it at 10:38 p.m. when Natalie Gonzalez fired a minor shot that was saved by Texas keeper Madden.
Overall, Texas beat Texas A & M-Corpus Christi 15: 3 in the first 45 minutes, 8: 3 of which, but did not gain a lead in the first half.
The second half was very different when Burnt Orange & White was finally on the board at 57:24.
Freshman midfielder Kelsey Hranicky started the game with a blocked shot. Nobles sensed the loose ball and after a few moves dropped a pass back to Grosso. The native Vancouver, British Columbia, promptly shot from 15 meters into the lower left corner and scored the 1-0.
Only 6:50 later the Longhorns doubled their advantage. Junior defender Emma Regan controlled a loose ball in the back and delivered a nice long pass behind the AMCC backline straight into the path of a fleeing noble. Selflessly, the Southlake, Texas product cruised from the right wing to the top of the six-yard box. McFarland ran unhindered into the center and hit lightly from three yards to create a 2-0 advantage.
In the 84th minute, Strouphauer started UT’s final goal by moving the right wing up around an islanders defender. It delivered a beautiful cross to the left side of the box, where Brooks was waiting in space to cover a volley from six meters away and score a 3-0 result.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi managed just two shots in the final 45 minutes, with Madden parrying Kayla Gove’s attempt and Abby Deakin’s attempt at 65:49 at 54:24.