Texas goalkeeper Nicole Curry (#23) prepares to lead Texas onto the field on Aug. 18, 2017. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas soccer team drops first game of the season

Posted October 13th, 2017

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The Texas soccer team lost for the first time this season, falling 2-1 in Lawrence, Kan. to the Jayhawks on Friday night.

Kayla Morrison scored in the 84th minute to finish off a comeback victory for the Jayhawks. Her goal put the Longhorns in a trailing position for the first time in 721 minutes, 54 seconds of match time.

“Thirteen matches into the season and to still be unbeaten with the amount of parity that there is in this country and in our league, it’s been an exceptional feat by our squad,” Texas head coach Angela Kelly said. “Credit Kansas tonight. They had a great second half and a great response.

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Despite making eight saves on the night, Nicole Curry couldn’t stop a shot on a loose ball after a corner kick.

Mikayla Flores gave Texas a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute, providing the Longhorns with a chance to extend their program-best winning streak to 14 games. That streak ended at 13 when Texas couldn’t tie the game late.

“We’re going to regroup,” Kelly said. “Our players are so young, and they’re feeling the grind of the season and of the Big 12. They’ve certainly carried the weight of having a target on their back.”

After halftime, the Jayhawks were able to get back into the game on a goal by Lois Heuchan, assisted by Grace Hagan.

Flores scored her first goal of her season with the help of Amber Stearns who assisted on the play.

The Texas soccer team takes on Kansas State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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