Adams leads Longhorns to second win of weekend

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Freshman forward Alexa Adams works the ball downfield on Sunday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Texas defeated TCU 3-0, as Adams scored two goals for the second-straight game. The Horns’ five goals in two games is their best two-game stretch.
Photo Credit: Gabriel Lopez | Daily Texan Staff

Entering Sunday’s match against TCU, Alexa Adams remained euphoric from her performance Friday night against Iowa State.

The freshman forward scored two goals in Friday’s match. She fired her second goal from 24 yards away. The ball sailed over the head of sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Hendon and dipped under the crossbar.

The goal appeared on Sportscenter’s Top 10 plays Friday.

Come Sunday, Adams didn’t let up — the freshman forward connected on two goals to propel Texas to a 3-0 win.

Afterward, Adams slurped on a Hershey’s chocolate milk box at midfield of Mike A. Myers Stadium.

“My favorite drink to drink after a game,” Adams said.

She said she drinks chocolate milk after every game, a routine she started when she arrived at Texas.

On Sunday, each of the 675 spectators witnessed a remarkable feat.

For the second-straight game, Adams netted two goals. She’s the first Texas freshman since last season when sophomore forward Olivia Brook scored two goals in the each of first two games of the season against nonconference opponents.

Adams is clicking in conference play. She’s scoring at the right time.

“As a forward, that’s our job to finish our opportunities,” Adams said. “And I think that’s what I put on myself this weekend, was to finish any opportunities I had.”

Adams hadn’t scored much so far this season — through 11 games, she’d netted one goal. But it was only a matter of time before she broke through. She scored 102 goals in high school. She’s a scorer.

“She’s gifted,” head coach Angela Kelly said. “She’s a finisher. Whether it’s her left foot, it’s her right foot. The sophistication she’s showing at a young age is certainly very exciting for the Longhorn nation.”

She scored her first goal 7:30 into the game. She dribbled to the top of the box and fired the ball with her left foot to the upper left corner to give Texas a 1-0 lead.

Senior forward Kelsey Shimmick scored at the 20:18 mark to give Texas a 2-0 lead.

But the Longhorns and Adams weren’t done. Adams intercepted a bad pass from TCU and scored from 15 yards away in a fast-break situation.

The Longhorns’ five goals in two games marks their best two-game stretch of the season. Earlier this year, they struggled to put the ball in the back of the net.

“We have been creating a ton of opportunities all season,” Kelly said. “But for whatever circumstance, they haven’t always been falling for us.”

Now it looks like they’re scoring with ease. With this weekend’s wins, Texas’ record improves to 6-3-4.

“Finally stuff’s starting to come together,” Shimmick said. “And we can finally put it in the back of the net.”