The Longhorns will play their first home games of the season this weekend with a matchup against No. 25 Arkansas on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. contest Sunday against Nevada. The games come on the heels of a trip to Honolulu, where Texas tied Arizona State and came from behind to defeat Hawaii in the Outrigger Resorts Shootout.
The Longhorns’ strong play in the shootout resulted in four players earning spots on the all-tournament team.
Texas will need to make sure that its solid play in Hawaii was not drained by the jet lag. Arkansas should provide the Longhorns with one of their first big challenges of the year.
The Razorbacks, one of four ranked teams in the SEC, carry an undefeated record and return eight starters from last season’s team that reached the Sweet Sixteen.
Nevada struggled last season, ending with a 5-11-4 record, including a 3-6-1 record in Mountain West play.
Texas returns five players with four goals from last season. The returning goal scorers, combined with junior goalkeeper Abby Smith, may be enough for the Longhorns to take down their first of four ranked opponents on the season and get reparation for barely missing out on last year’s NCAA Tournament.