The San Diego Toreros came out and lit up Texas in the first half today at McAlister Field in Los Angeles. Senior Toreros forward, Stephanie Ochs, the striker in San Diego’s 4-5-1 formation, put in a pair of goals in a half that found the field heavily slanted in San Diego’s favor. Ochs’ first goal came at 18 minutes into the game on a breakaway up the middle. Texas’ keeper, Alexa Gaul, charged out of her goal, but there wasn’t much she could do to stop Ochs one on one.
Ochs added a second goal in the 30th minute on a blast from the top of box that went in near the left post.
At the end of the first half, the shots were even at six apiece, with time of possession in San Diego’s favor.
In the second half, Texas came out stronger. They mounted a number of attacks against San Diego and possession was more even overall. Texas switched to a 3-5-2 scheme in order to generate the offense needed to get within one goal. Nina Frausing Pedersen, one of Texas’ two starting center backs, sat out the second half as Coach Petrucelli added an attacker at midfield. With 17 minutes remaining to play, Kylie Doniak scored for Texas via a free kick by Taylor Knack. Knaack’s serve found Lucy Keith who deflected the ball to Doniak who scored on a header.
Texas fought valiantly as time wore down but was unable to get the equalizer in the last 15 minutes of play. San Diego held on for a 2-1 win.
After a short rest, Texas will play USC on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Game time will be 12:30pm Pacific (2:30 in Austin).
By the numbers:
Lucy Keith, Amanda Lisberger, and Julie Arnold all played a full 90 minutes out on the pitch along with Texas’ starting keeper Alexa Gaul. Next highest in minutes played was Kristin Cummins with 81 minutes. Vanessa Ibewuike logged 69 minutes, the most of Texas’ subs.
Five shots were taken by Kylie Doniak, with three of them being on goal and one going in. Lexi Harris took two shots for Texas, with one being on goal. Shots on goal were also taken by Taylor Knaack, Gabby Zarnegar and Allison Smith.
San Diego had 7 shots on goal. Alexa Gaul made 5 saves for Texas. Courtney Parsons made 6 saves for San Diego.
Amanda Lisberger recieved a yellow card in the 72nd minute as Texas was more aggressively trying to get their first goal to get within one. However, overall the Toreros committed 11 fouls to Texas’ 3.
Texas was offside twice, and San Diego was offside once. Texas had 7 corner kicks to San Diego’s 4.
The Longhorns are now 5-2-0 on the season.
San Diego note: Stephanie Ochs shot 5 times with all 5 shots being on goal and 2 going in. Ochs had a very strong outing, logging 86 minutes out on the field.
Weather: The temperature was a mild 80 degrees, much cooler than the sweltering heat which the Longhorns normally have to deal with in Austin. Skies were clear. Attendance was a bit light at 113.
Unfortunately no photos were available from the game.