Football No. 25 and TCU No. 12 battle to a 1-1 stalemate

FORT WORTH, Texas – Thursday night in a league-opening tilt in front of 2,094 fans at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium, the No. 25 Texan Football (6-1-3) extended its unbeaten streak from the Big 12 Conference to 10 straight fighting No. 12 TCU (5-2-3) to a 1-1 draw on the road.

second striker holly room scored his second goal of the season to give Texas the lead at 41:00 before TCU finally tied things up on a Camryn Lancaster penalty in the 70th minute.

Texas Game Notes

  • With the tie, Texas extended its Big 12 Conference unbeaten streak to 10 straight games since the start of the 2021 league campaign.
  • Texas held a 17-10 advantage over TCU, including a 7-5 lead on shots, to go along with a 7-4 gap on corner kicks.
  • Texas extended its 2022 unbeaten streak to eight straight games dating back to August 28 against Florida.
  • Texas is now 15-9-3 all-time in Big 12 Conference openers, including 7-2-2 under the head coach Angela Kelly.
  • On the goal of Ward, second midfielder Ashlyn Miller recorded his fifth assist of the season, while the second-year midfielder Jilly Shimkin was credited with her fourth assist of 2022.
  • Fifth-year senior midfielder Emma Ragan played his 70th straight game for Texas on Thursday. The Burnaby, BC native has saved time in 78 total competitions during her stellar career on the Forty Acres.
  • The Longhorns continue to lead their all-time streak over the Horned Frogs, 9-7-5, with TCU ahead in Fort Worth games, 5-3-1.

The details

It was Texas who recorded the first shot of the game at 3:02 as a sophomore forward Trinity Byars had a drive from the top of the area blocked for a corner. On the ensuing free kick, fifth-year senior defender Cameron Brooks jumped high to hit a header from the middle of the box which was deflected to the left side of the 18. The second-year midfielder was waiting in some space Ashlyn Millerand the McKinney, Texas native rose above the crowd to direct a 12-yard shot that landed atop the net.

TCU’s first shot came from a cross from the right side in the 13th minute as Gracie Brian stole a 15-yard effort straight from the UT graduate goaltender. Savanna Madness.

At 2:22 p.m., the second-year Texas midfielder Jilly Shimkin tried his luck from the right side of the box, but his 14-yard attempt was saved at the right post by TCU goalkeeper Lauren Kellett.

The Horned Frogs put the pressure on in the 22nd minute as Messiah Bright had a shot from the left wing blocked for a corner. On the ensuing free kick delivery to the top six, Madden fought off two TCU players to get a good hold in a crowd.

The Longhorns nearly took the lead at 30:23. Byars took possession of the ball from around 40 yards out and pushed hard from the right side. The Richardson, Texas product delivered a ball deep into the box to a fleeing Shimkin. His eventual shot from a difficult angle on the right wing rolled inches from the left post.

TCU’s Kennedy Clountz closed in on her own shot from the left edge of the 18 at 34:42, but her right-footed shot went past the top right 90.

On a Texas quick counter in the 40th minute, Byars hammered a shot from over 25 yards, but the effort rolled right off the frame.

After threatening several times, the Longhorns finally found the dirt to pay off at 41:00. Building from the back, Texas worked in midfield with Miller taking possession of UT’s attacking half. She threw a pass forward right into Shimkin’s path, which drove hard into the right side of the box. Fighting her way through three Horned Frog defenders, the Rockville Center, NY native battled to the baseline and crossed a ball to the top of the six. With a step on his marker, sophomore holly room was waiting for an easy three-yard tap-in to give UT a 1-0 lead.

At halftime, the senior Texas forward Sydney Nobles threw an 18-yard shot just over the crossbar at 47:19.

The Burnt Orange & White earned a dangerous free-kick opportunity on a TCU foul just outside the top of the box in the 49th minute. Shimkin came forward and fired a shot through the wall, but Kellett managed to save him on a dive to the left post.

Dangerous TCU forward Messiah Bright worked hard to create a scoring opportunity with some deft moves from the left side of the box in the 54th minute. She eventually attempted a left-footed shot from nine yards out, but Madden was perfectly positioned to dive and deflect the attempt outside the left post.

The Horned Frogs faced their own chance on a free kick just outside the top 18 at 57:37, but Payton Crews’ 22-yard shot went straight to Madden.

Back at the other end, Shimkin hit a shot from the left side straight on Kellett at 58:11, but the TCU keeper managed to deflect it up and onto the top net.

Madden had to come back strong for the Horns in the 67th minute. On a free kick from the right wing, TCU Crews threw a drive over 40 yards which the UT keeper managed to jump and flip over the crossbar. At the next corner, Bright jumped high for a header, but hit it left of frame.

In the 70th minute, a pass around a UT outside back located Bright in space heads to the left side of the box. She made a quick move and fell from a collision as the head referee pointed the spot. Camryn Lancaster stepped up and drove TCU’s kick into the left side of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

The goal didn’t seem to faze the Longhorns at all as the Texas offense increased their pressure after the score. On a cross from the left wing at 74:59, and with a scrum of players lying at his feet, McFarland somehow managed to unleash a quick 15-yard shot that was stopped by Kellett .

Minutes later, TCU came close to a second as Oli Pena hit a shot from 22 yards just outside the left post.

The Horned Frogs almost created a golden chance to take the lead with around six minutes to play as a mid-18 pass nearly located Bright in space. Fifth-year Texas defenseman Carlee Allen made an incredible play, however, rallying to slide past at the last second and clear the ball beyond the backline for a corner.

With time running out, Shimkin nearly got the full three points for the Longhorns by unleashing a drive from the right post at 87:49. Seconds later, a cross from the left side nearly found Byars in space in the middle of the box, but TCU managed to deflect it away.

At 88:43, the Texas junior defenseman Lauren Lapomarda recorded the last chance of the game for either team, but his shot ventured to the right.

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