Texas goalie Abby Smith had a career high 11 saves in Texas’ 2-1 upset of 14th ranked UCLA Sunday night in Los Angeles.
UT’s Kelsey Shimmick put Texas ahead just over three minutes into the match and Texas’ Alexa Adams’ goal in the 61st minute gave the Longhorns a 2-0 lead.
UCLA (2-3) out-shot Texas 21-8, including 12-3 on shots on goal, and dominated possession for the majority of the match, but the Bruins didn’t get one past Smith until the 76th minute when Lauren Kaskie fired a shot from the right side of the penalty box over Smith’s diving attempt at a save.
The Texas defense was able to hold off a late push by the Bruins to get its first win since UT’s season opener against Miami. It was the second straight loss for the Bruins, they lost to top-ranked Virginia 2-1 on Friday.
“The difference tonight was that we put away our chances early, and we were able to hang on at the end.” said head coach Angela Kell. “I’m excited for our program, excited for where we are headed and certainly very proud of our squad.”
Shimmick got a pass from Ali Schmalz and put a shot past UCLA goalie Cassie Sternbach just 3 minutes 8 seconds into the match. Shimmick’s goal snapped the Longhorns three-game scoring slump.
The Longhorns did not put a shot on goal in the first half following Shimmick’s strike. UCLA controlled possession in the first half, out-shooting Texas 10-4. Smith had seven saves at the break.
In the 61st minute, Sternbach collided with her own defender while attempting to clear a ball and Adams was able to get possession and kick a shot towards the empty goal.
UCLA’s Hailie Mace attempted to hit the equalizer with ten seconds left, but Smith was able to make the stop.
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