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Freshman forward Olivia Brook became the first Texas freshman to score five goals in her first five career matches.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Garza | Daily Texan Staff

The women’s soccer team (4-0-2) will continue its trend of playing at America’s finest beach towns this weekend at the USF Soccer Classic in Tampa, Florida. The Longhorns will take on two tough opponents — Central Florida (3-2-0) at 3:30 p.m. Friday and South Florida (3-2-1) at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Texas has gone all over the U.S. so far this season, beginning with a trip to Hawaii, defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last weekend and going to southern Florida this weekend. 

“We’ve played — I’m not even sure how many — different conferences in different time zones,” head coach Angela Kelly said. “We’re here to put Texas on the map.”

The Longhorns have serious business to take care of this weekend, which will cut into any potential beach time. Central Florida was ranked No. 17 last week with its only loss coming against No. 12 Texas A&M, but a 1-0 loss to an unranked Georgia team Sunday dropped the Knights out of the top 25.

South Florida was shut out twice in its first three games of the season, but the Bulls have rebounded since then and are in the midst of a three game-winning streak.

Texas should have no problem facing the challenge. The Longhorns are undefeated through six games for just the second time in program history, and their offense has gotten a huge boost from one of its newcomers.

Freshman forward Olivia Brook has been the focal point of the Longhorn attack and recently became the first freshman in program history to score five goals in the first five matches of her career. The attacker’s efforts earned her the title of Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week.

“She’s been terrific for our program at the beginning of her freshman year,” Kelly said. “She’s a sponge tactically, is always well-prepared and is the epitome of hard work through demonstrating 100 percent effort in training and preparation each day.”

Coming off a grueling double-overtime tie against South Florida, Texas soccer heads on its first road trip of the season to Oregon this weekend. There, the Longhorns will face Oregon State on Friday and Oregon on Sunday.

Texas is 1-0-1 so far on the season, beating Georgia in the opener 2-0 and tying South Florida last week. The Longhorns have outshot their opponents 35-14, managing an 18-9 shots-on-goal advantage. 

Oregon State has yet to win a game this season, falling to Florida 3-1 and Florida State 1-0. Oregon started its season off strong with a 3-0 win against Portland State, but lost to No. 15 Portland, 2-1 in overtime on Aug. 25. 

In Texas’ latest outing, scoring was hard to come by. The Longhorns put up only one shot on goal in the first half, and the team’s lone goal came from Smith in the second half. Smith scored her first career goal on a free kick from 50 yards away to put Texas ahead, but South Florida equalized five minutes later. The game went into two goal-less 15-minute overtimes, resulting in the tie.

In Oregon, the team will be led by junior Sharis Lachappelle, who recorded one assist and 10 total shots in the team’s first two games, three of them on goal. Lachappelle had a career-high six shots against South Florida.

Sophomore midfielder Lindsey Meyer, who has been productive so far with both a goal and an assist against Georgia, will also look to capitalize on chances this weekend.

The Longhorns will start off fast this season, opening their regular season at home against Georgia and South Florida at the end of August before traveling to face Oregon and Oregon State all before September starts. 

They will launch their Big 12 campaign at the end of September against TCU followed by another home contest against Iowa State. Afterwards, the Longhorns will play road games against West Virginia, Kansas and Oklahoma State.

This season, the Longhorns are looking to make it to the Big 12 Championships again and are the only current conference member to qualify for every Big 12 tournament since the conference was formed. They also lead the conference in wins with 97, ahead of Kansas and Baylor who are both tied for second with 69 each.

The Longhorns welcome seven freshman to The young team and hosted walk-on tryouts this past spring. Texas defeated St. Edwards 2-1 and Houston Baptist 1-0 in spring exhibition games last semester.