The Gauchos put a lasso on the Longhorns on Friday night.
Under the bright lights of Harder Stadium, Texas head coach Angela Kelly's Longhorns lost 2–0 to the University of California-Santa Barbara.
Despite outshooting the Gauchos 11–8, Texas was unable to solve the riddle of its offense. In four games, the Longhorns have not scored an offensive goal.
In the first half, Texas had two chances to score. In the 31st minute, the Longhorns earned a free kick 38 yards away from the goal. Junior midfielder Julia Dyche kicked the ball in the direction of the right post, toward senior midfielder Lindsey Meyer. Meyer connected with her head, but her shot was wide right.
Eight minutes later, redshirt freshman Mikayla Flores dribbled with the ball on the left wing. She slivered into the middle of the field and fired a shot from 18 yards away — again wide right.
In the 56th minute, the Gauchos put the ball behind senior goalkeeper Abby Smith. USCB midfielder Mallory Hromatko crossed the ball from the right side of the field into the box to forward Jessica Parque, who shot the ball from 6 yards away and past Smith to give the Gauchos a 1–0 lead.
In the 59th minute, Texas’ chance to tie the game was stopped by iron. Freshman midfielder Kayra Dollas received the ball from a free kick and headed a shot. The ball hit the right post and was cleared out from the box soon after.
UCSB added an insurance goal in the 85th minute, when midfielder Chace Schornstein slid to shoot, and the ball went over Smith to the far left side of the goal to seal the Gauchos 2–0 win.