Olivia Brook and Lindsey Meyer scored off set pieces late in the second half to give the Longhorns a 2-1 win over Kansas Friday night in Lawrence.
Brook put Texas ahead in the 72nd minute and Meyer’s header off a corner kick in the 77th gave Texas a 2-0 edge. The Jayhawks struck back in the 80th minute, but were unable to get a shot off in the final ten minutes.
“It was a battle,” Texas head coach Angela Kelly said. “That’s the way it’s going to be against every conference opponent. The Big 12 is so challenging from top to bottom. ”
It was the first conference victory for the Longhorns (4-3-3, 1-1) and snapped Texas’ two-game scoring slump. Texas is 2-2 in road matches this season.
Kansas (5-5-1 0-1) saw its three-game winning streak come to end in its conference debut. The Jayhawks out-shot Texas 13-11 for the match and each team put five shots on goal. Kansas has out-shot opponents in 10 of its past 11 games.
Texas goalie Abby Smith had three saves in the first nine minutes, but Kansas didn’t put a shot on goal the rest of the half. Texas put three shots on frame in the first half, but they were smothered by Kansas goalie Maddie Dobyns.
Brook had a chance to put Texas ahead in the 65th minute when she sent a shot in between two defenders from the top of the box, but it missed wide of the goal.
In the 77th minute, Texas’ Chantale Campbell arched a free kick into the middle of the penalty box, which was defelected by UT’s Kayra Dollas toward Brook. Brook deflected the ball into the net from three yards out to give Texas the lead.
Just over five minutes later, UT’s Julia Dyche placed a corner kick into the middle of the box and Meyer sent a header through the crowd and into the net.
Texas slowed the pace after the second goal, attempting to kill the clock.
Kansas got within a goal in the 80th minute when Smith came off her line to corral a ball and came in contact with KU’s Grace Hagan. The collision jarred the ball out of Smith’s hands and Hagan sent it in from six yards out.
The Texas defense didn’t allow a shot over the final ten minutes and held on for the win.
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