Its long shutout streak over, Texas found a rebuttal to force overtime against West Virginia, but there was no responding to Addison Clark’s strike in a 2-1 loss for Sunday at Myers Stadium.
The Mountaineers (7-4-1, 2-1-0) put an all-out siege on the Longhorns’ goal after halftime, testing the Texas back line and goalkeeper Nicole Curry, who hadn’t conceded a goal in their previous four matches.
“We couldn’t clear a ball,” Longhorns coach Angela Kelly said. “They had a couple corner (kicks) in a row, and we came out flat. We needed to get hold of the ball. Once we were able to do that, we had a lot of chances.”
Enzi Broussard put West Virginia ahead in the 49th minute. The goal ended a Texas shutout streak that lasted 408 minutes, 13 seconds.
The Mountaineers were still swarming until Billups conjured an equalizer in the 77th, heading in a rebound after Kailey Smith’s shot, saved by West Virginia goalkeeper Rylee Foster, popped into the air.
Cyera Hintzen nearly won it for Texas (8-5, 3-1) in the dying seconds of regulation, when she stole the ball off backup goalie Kayza Massey — fresh off the bench after a Foster injury — as she was trying to kill the clock. Massey recovered, diving on the ball with 1 second left.
But 26 West Virginia shots, 19 of them after halftime, eventually took their toll. Clark’s winner came off a blocked shot by Nicole Payne, as Clark arrived at the top of the box and tucked her shot in the bottom left corner.
Curry made eight saves for Texas, who stayed in first place in the Big 12 despite the loss.
“We faced a lot of trial and triumph early in the season, and we know how to handle it,” junior forward Haley Berg said. “We’re 3-1. We’ve had a great start, and we’re just going to learn from this.”
The Longhorns host Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on Friday in their only match of the weekend.
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