The Texas Longhorns soccer team didn’t take long to score its first goal and held on to defeat Rice 2-1 at Myers Stadium on Friday night.
Haley Berg, a freshman midfielder, scored 25 seconds after kickoff. The goal was one of the fastest scored in Texas history. Jill Cook scored the fastest in Texas history when she scored in 10 seconds in 1995 against Vanderbilt.
Cyera Hintzen, who assisted on Berg’s goal, claimed the game winner in the 37th minute. Cydney Billups got her first career assist on Hintzen’s goal.
Hintzen was named to the preseason All-Big 12 team earlier this month. The sophomore from Garland wasted little time proving the league right.
Lianne Mananquil cut the lead in half for Rice, scoring in the 60th minute, but it wasn’t enough.
Though Texas held a 2-0 lead at one point, the sides were nearly even in shots on goal. Both fired 12 shots for the game but Texas managed an 8-7 edge in shots on goal. Berg and Hintzen each had two shots on frame.
Nicole Curry made five saves for Texas while Maya Hoyer managed to stop four shots for Rice.
The Longhorns will be back on the pitch Sunday when they host Western Kentucky at Myers Stadium at 2 p.m. Longhorn Network will carry the game.