Sophomore forward Alexa Adams has been ruled out for the season with a torn ACL in her left knee.
Adams sustained the injury in last Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Oklahoma State. Adams left the match in the 53rd minute after falling on the right side of pitch near midfield.
“We hate [this injury] for Alexa,” head coach Angela Kelly said. “We look at it as an opportunity for those that are getting the chance to play. It’s time for them to produce.”
The loss of Adams means the Longhorns have now lost their top two goal-scorers from last season. Redshirt sophomore forward Mikayla Flores also suffered a torn ACL in Texas’ season-opening 1–0 loss to Seattle. This season, Adams leads the Longhorns once again in scoring with five goals.
“We’re going to make sure that we get those two back stronger than ever for next season, and we’re certainly on the path to getting the rest of our players back on the field,” Kelly said.
Texas (6–6–1, 0–3–1 Big 12) has struggled as of late. The Longhorns entered Big 12 play on Sept. 23 with a 6–3 record and riding a three-game win streak.
But since then, Texas has tied one match and lost three in a row. Now without Adams, Texas will have its work cut out for itself if it hopes to make the NCAA tournament.
“At many times this season, a credit to the squad, we haven’t had the ability to be at full strength,” Kelly said. “I just really appreciate the team’s effort as a whole. We know it’s always going to take each and every one of us throughout the course of a season. I think this year, every single person has had the ability to contribute on and off the field.”