Oct. 11, 2015
ADAMS STRIKES TWICE, AGAIN
Texas routs TCU, shares Big 12 lead with West Virginia
Freshman Alexa Adams scored twice for the second time in three days and Abby Smith tied a school record with her 29th career shutout as Texas buried visiting TCU, 3-0, to keep pace with No. 4 West Virginia atop the Big 12 Conference.
Adams scored in the eighth and 61st minutes and Kelsey Shimmick tallied in the 21st for the Longhorns (6-3-4 overall, 3-1-1 Big 12), who are tied with WVU with 10 points, one more than Kansas. West Virginia has played one fewer conference match than Texas and the Jayhawks.
Smith made three saves to tie Dianna Pfenninger's record, set in 2005-08. It was the U.S. youth international's fifth shutout of the season.
“Every win in conference is important, especially protecting your home field,” Longhorns coach Angela Kelly said on her school's athletics website. “I was really proud of the effort and some great finishes. But the point I really highlighted with the team was the clean sheet, and Abby Smith is one step closer [to sole possession of the shutout record]. I'm just really happy with how well organized we were and how they followed the game plan.”
TCU (8-7-0, 2-3-0) which held a share of the Big 12 lead heading into the weekend, lost by three goals for the second straight game as its losing streak reached three. The Horned Frogs are tied for fourth place with Baylor, four points off the lead.
Adams, who tallied twice in Texas' 2-1 win Friday night over Iowa State, netted her first goal after a loose ball fell her way, beating a defender, then firing a 22-yard shot to the upper corner. Shimmick doubled the advantage 13 minutes later, beating goalkeeper Shannon Coffer one-one-one from a long ball up the left flank by Mikayla Flores.
Adams scored her fifth goal of the season after a TCU giveaway, beating goalkeeper Courtney Hofer, who had come on at halftime, in a one-on-one situation.
The Longhorns play Friday at No. 13 Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs are off until Oct. 23,when they play host to Baylor.