Texas center back Atu Mshana needed five stitches midway through the match Sunday against Texas Tech, but the final blow didn’t come until much later.
The Red Raiders, down 1-0 with less than 2 minutes left, rallied for a late equalizer and scored the winner in overtime, handing the Longhorns a 2-1 loss on senior day at Myers Stadium. The comeback allowed No. 17 Texas Tech (13-2-2, 5-1-2, 17 points) to vault past Texas (10-7, 5-3, 15 points) into second place in the Big 12.
“You’ve just got to create your own momentum and make sure the ball continues to move in your direction,” Texas coach Angela Kelly said. “We were on the short end of that stick.”
Charlotte Teeter scored the tying goal with 1 minute, 16 seconds left, tracking down a failed clearance off a corner kick to send a looping header past Texas goalkeeper Savannah Madden.
Teeter also had the assist on the winner, finding Macy Schultz in the box for a one-touch chipped finish over Madden.
The Longhorns had led for most of the second half, after a 61st-minute own goal created by a cross from winger Cameron Brooks and turned in by Tech defender Amanda Porter. Brooks nearly scored in the 77th when she hit the crossbar.
“I knew I was leaning back, but I was just hoping for the best,” she said.
As for Mshana, the senior stalwart defender took a shot in the mouth while going up for a header, creating a bloody mess. She returned to the match after getting stitched up.
“Absolutely not,” Mshana said when asked if she considered coming out in her final home match. “It looks great for pictures.”
Mshana was one of eight players — five seniors and three redshirt juniors — honored after the match.
“I’m just really proud of them,” Kelly said. “I’m sorry it didn’t turn out different today. Those kind of games are just gut-wrenching.”
Texas beat Iowa State 3-2 on Friday morning, a match that was postponed due to storms Thursday. The Longhorns needed a draw or win to stay ahead of the Red Raiders.
Now, heading into the regular-season finale at Oklahoma, Texas needs a win and a Tech loss to Kansas State to reclaim the No. 2 seed for the Big 12 tournament.