Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith in 2014. (UT Athletics)

BEVO BEAT Soccer

Longhorns fall to Jayhawks at Big 12 tournament

Posted November 5th, 2015

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The No. 3 seed Texas Longhorns soccer team was upset by the sixth-seeded Kansas Jayhawks 2-1 at the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo. on Wednesday night.

Kayra Dollas scored the only goal for Texas on the night, but it wasn’t enough as the Jayhawks took an early lead and doubled it in the second half before the Longhorns could get on the scoreboard. Dollas’ goal, assisted by Mikayla Flores, was the first of her career.

With less than two minutes elapsed in the game, the Jayhawks put the Longhorns in an early 1-0 hole on a goal by Ashley Williams. Williams scored on a one-time shot off a low cross from Tayler Estrada to give Kansas the lead. It was Williams’ fourth goal of the season.

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Julia Dyche had a shot in front of the Jayhawks’ goal just minutes later but it was blocked and cleared.

Just over thirty minutes into the first half Texas missed an opportunity to tie the game when Kelsey Shimmick fired a shot just wide of the left post.

Seconds later the Jayhawks were able to draw a foul inside the penalty box, earning a kick from the penalty spot. Liana Salazar’s shot bounced off the left post and the rebound was cleared.

The Jayhawks took a 1-0 lead into halftime and eventually struck again in the 74th minute on a rebound goal by Jackie Georgoulis.

Dollas’ goal came in the 76th minute to pull the Longhorns to within a goal.

Smith ended the game with two saves on four shots. The Longhorns had seven shots on goal, but Kansas goalkeeper Maddie Dobyns saved six of them.

“Our keeper pulled off a couple of really big saves for us,” said Kansas head coach Mark Francis on the Big 12 Digital Network. No save was more important than the one she made late in the game.

Isabelle Kerr nearly tied the game with less than a minute to go as her shot on an apparent open frame was punched over the bar by Dobyns.

Freshman Alexa Adams, who had registered at least one point in six straight games entering the game, failed to take a shot on goal.

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