Angela Kelly talks about the Longhorns’ need to capitalize on missed opportunities ad nauseam.
Texas’ head coach can’t say much else about her rather unproductive offense.
The Longhorns have managed six goals in eight games — not enough if Texas wants to return to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year.
The Longhorns managed one goal in the first four games of the season, which came off of a fluke shot by senior goalkeeper Abby Smith. Texas did score five goals in a three-game stretch early in September, but the team has been shutout four times this season.
Kelly and the players often talk about being content with the opportunities they’ve created, and now they simply need to capitalize. But when they do talk about it, frustration is evident. Their answers are short. Their tone is stern, and their expressions are blank.
They’re clearly displeased with their production — or the lack of it.
“We’ll get there eventually,” redshirt freshman forward Mikayla Flores said yesterday after another scoreless tie against Arkansas-Little Rock — she said the same thing about a month earlier when the Longhorns tied Ohio State on Aug. 30.
When Flores was asked how they will get there, or what they will do to get there, she offers an answer as puzzling as it is disturbing.
“I’m not sure,” Flores said yesterday.
According to Kelly, it’s about being more disciplined. Other teammates say it’s little tactical issues or minor details that need to be fixed.
Regardless of the reason, Texas needs to fix it quickly, since the team is having a major problem when it comes to offensive execution.
When the Longhorns have a game like they had yesterday, during which they had 29 shots — eight of which were on goal — but couldn’t get one to get in the back of the net, Kelly will often talk about the great play of the opposing goalkeeper.
Even if the goalkeepers are great, her team must still find a way to score, especially heading into conference play.
Throughout the nonconference schedule, Kelly repeatedly said that those games were to get Texas ready for conference play.
Kelly said she was happy with the way her team played in those games. But if Texas continues to play like it did in those games, there won’t be much she can be happy about in the future.
The Longhorns offense better get busy scoring, or they will be busy losing.