Sam Houston State knew it had its hands full prior to Friday night’s match with Texas.
The winless Bearkats had been outscored 15-3 in their first four matches this season and were hoping to garner any momentum they could.
But beginning in the 16th minute, Texas unleashed an offensive barrage, showing no mercy or letup in the attacking third. The Longhorns throttled Sam Houston State, 7-0, for their third consecutive win.
“We see this type of finishing every day in training,” said head coach Angela Kelly, who was not surprised at all by her team’s goal tally. “Accomplishing that within the competition and within the match is a very rewarding feeling for the team.”
Junior forward Olivia Brook opened the scoring when she received a through ball in the box from junior midfielder Morgan Murphy. Brook chased down the ball and was preparing to fire a shot before Sam Houston State goalkeeper Bailey Swain dove at it, interrupting Brook’s progress. But Swain was unable to corral the ball as Brook dribbled around her and finished off the goal, putting the Longhorns up 1-0.
One minute later, sophomore forward Alexa Adams charged down the right wing and fired a rocket from far out and into the upper left corner to give Texas a 2-0 lead.
“All of our players, they know how to get into the box and they know how to finish,” senior forward Jasmine Hart said. “We’ve been really working on finishing, and I think our team did a really good job of putting the balls away when we had the chances.”
In the 25th minute, Hart headed in Texas’ third goal of the match after a long cross from Adams on the right wing near the end line.
Minutes later, freshman forward Kyra Falcone substituted into the match for the first time in her Texas career. She got to work quickly, heading the first shot of her career into the goal iin the 39th minute.
One minute later, Falcone dribbled down the right wing and fired a shot from 13 yards out to give the Longhorns their fifth goal of the match.
“It’s completely surreal right now,” Falcone said. “I’m just really excited to be here, let alone being able to score.”
Texas added two more goals in the second half courtesy of Murphy and sophomore defender Chelsea Surpris. The 7-0 victory marked the most goals Texas has scored at home since 2006.
The Longhorns move to 3-1 and will face their toughest test of the season so far on Sunday at 11 a.m. versus No. 19 California.