Game Report: Texas Soccer defeats Seattle 1-0

Texas beat the Seattle Redhawks 1-0 in their first ever meeting this afternoon in Austin. Texas’ goal came from Brooke Gilbert, her first ever goal as a Longhorn, and it turned out to be the game winner.

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Longhorns celebrate a victory over Seattle (photo courtesy of UT)

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Starters
After the knee injury to Taylor Knaack, and with Amanda Lisberger out and Kylie Doniak playing with a torn ACL, the new starting lineup looks as follows:

Forwards: Hannah Higgins, Vanessa Ibewuike, Nina Frausing Pedersen

Midfielders: Clarissa Wedemeyer, Kristin Cummins, Lexi Harris

Defenders:  Whitney Jaynes, Lucy Keith, Brooke Gilbert, Julie Arnold

Goalkeeper: Alex Gaul

This lineup has 4 freshmen, 2 sophomores, 4 juniors, and 1 senior. With so many injuries, the Horns really need to rely on the freshmen and sophomores now.
To see a graphic of the current starting lineup, click here
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In the first half, neither team was able to score. Texas Coach Chris Petrucelli sharply curtailed the starters’ playing times by subbing out Vanessa Ibewuike, Clarissa Wedemeyer, Kristin Cummins, and Hannah Higgins just 27 minutes into the game. Before being subbed out, the Horns’ most physical player, Kristin Cummins, had the only two shots on goal for the Horns in the half.

At halftime, Petrucelli gave the team a bit of a talking-to in the locker room to try to raise their energy level. After the game, Petrucelli commented, “The first half we were really stagnant. I mean, I was trying to get them to move. It is a mentality, and the girls had a more of an aggressive mentality in the second half.”

In the second half, Petrucelli started his substitutions even earlier, pulling Hannah Higgins out of the game just 15 minutes into play, although she would come back for the final 20 minutes.

At 72:25, Kylie Doniak served in a corner kick which found Brooke Gilbert near the front post. Brooke got her foot on the ball and it went in the Seattle goal for the score. The Texas goal held up and the game ended with the score Texas 1, Seattle 0.

Alexa Gaul made 4 saves and recorded her 6th shutout of the season.

Texas’ RPI after the win now stands at 54.
(For a graphic of the Top 20 teams in the country in RPI click here.)

A photo gallery from the game is available here on the Texas site.

Click here for the stats.

Next weekend, the Horns will face Texas A&M in their last ever game against the Aggies in Big 12 play. Please note that game time Friday is 6:00pm, an hour early than normal for a Friday game.

The Aggies played Oklahoma State to a scoreless draw today in College Station.

On Thursday this coming week, viewers will be able to watch Oklahoma State play Texas Tech on national TV on Fox Soccer Channel. Game time is 7:00pm Central. If Tech loses and then Texas beats A&M on Friday, the Horns would then be the fourth seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

Here are the current Big 12 standings.

If you’re looking for a photo set from the Seattle game, we’ll get the photos posted in the next couple of days.

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Michelle Wickwire with her daughter speaks to raise awareness of the battle against breast cancer (photo courtesy of UT)

Former Texas Soccer #6, Michelle Wickwire Dusing, was the honorary team captain on Sunday. For her inspiring story on the Texas site, please read here.

Also, please follow Michelle Wickwire Dusing’s Facebook page (Dusing Dream Team)
The page was created to honor the Dusing Family, as Michelle bravely battles breast cancer while carrying her 2nd child. Help them in loving and supporting Michelle, Nate, Lyla and baby Eva.

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