Colorado College

Texas soccer split its matches in a rainy Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend, taking home a 3-1 win over the Air Force Academiy Friday, but falling to Colorado College 2-0 on Sunday.

“I’m really pleased with the result and that the players organized keeping possession of the ball in the second half,” said head coach Angela Kelly after the Air Force game.

In the match against the Falcons, the Longhorns went down early, allowing a goal in the 10th minute by Maddie Lundberg. But Texas evened the score just four minutes later as sophomore Kelsey Shimmick landed a shot in the upper-left corner of the net off a pass from freshman forward Marchelle Davis.

The game remained even for the rest of the first half, but a substitution to start Jasmine Hart in the second half proved productive when the freshman forward sunk two goals in six minutes.

“Jasmine Hart, two big-time goals, she really had a lot of composure, big time,” Kelly said. 

The first goal came after sophomore midfielder Lindsey Meyer’s goal kick, which snuck past the Falcons’ defense, where Hart quickly shot the ball from 25 yards out. Moments later, sophomore defender Ali Schmalz cleared a ball past the defensive line again, and Hart managed the goal from 25 yards away.

“I scored both of them from crossing the ball and I realized if we’re going to get the ball over the top then that’s our easiest way to score,” Hart said of her first two career goals.

The team did not have as much of an offensive spark against Colorado College, playing in the pouring rain after a nearly three-hour delay. The game was postponed in the sixth minute and moved from a grass field to a turf surface.

Colorado College’s Jessie Ayers scored in the 59th minute and junior Kaeli Vandersluis added insurance in the 83rd.

This was the first game of the season that Texas did not outshoot its opponent, only recording nine to the Tigers’ 15, but it did manage more shots on goal with seven to their four. Shimmick led the team with three shots, two on goal, but was unable to turn them into points.

Texas soccer will face off against Air Force and Colorado College this weekend in Colorado for its second road trip of the season, after sweeping two home matches in its last outings. 

In its last road trip, the Longhorns lost both games despite outshooting their opponents. Last weekend, the Longhorns were able to capitalize on a total 32 shots to beat Samford 2-0 and top Illinois State 2-1. Before the home stand, Texas had outshot opponents 62-29 on the season but only had one win to show for it.

Texas will play the Air Force Falcons, who hold a 1-3-1 record this season, on Friday. The team won its first match Sept. 8, beating Grand Canyon 1-0. The Falcons finished 5-9-3 in the Mountain West Conference in 2012.

Freshman Ashley Greco has been consistent through her first five career games, assisting on all three of the Falcons’ goals. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Stambaugh leads the Academy record in goals-against average, or goals allowed per 60 minutes of play, at 1.06. Stambaugh also ranks second in career shutouts with 14, and third in wins, minutes and saves for the program.

The Colorado College Tigers go into the weekend holding a 2-3-0 record so far this season, but will play a match against Ball State University on Friday before Sunday’s matchup against Texas. 

The Tigers competed in the Marquette Tournament last weekend, splitting their two matches with a 2-0 win over Loyola University of Chicago followed by a 3-1 loss to Marquette. Senior Lynn Froetscher has one goal and three assists, but sophomore Sarah Schweiss and freshman Chanisse Hendrix have two goals apiece on the season.

On offense, Texas will rely on junior midfielder Sharis Lachappelle, who totaled six shots and her first goal of 2013 against Illinois State, and junior Brooke Gilbert, who tallied her team-leading third goal in the same game. The Longhorns will also look to freshman defender Isabelle Kerr, who recorded an assist in the game and earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors.  

Sophomore goalkeeper Abby Smith stepped up against Illinois State, blocking a penalty kick in the 87th minute and recording three saves, securing her ninth career shutout. Those performances earned her Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Smith has played every minute in goal for the Longhorns in 2013 and features a .80 goals-against average.