Longhorns midfielder Julia Grosso (seen in an earlier game) scored the first two goals of her UT career Sunday. (Courtesy of University of Texas Athletics)

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Texas freshman Julia Grosso to miss non-conference soccer match while playing for her country

Posted August 31st, 2018

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When Texas hosts Stephen F. Austin on Sunday, freshman midfielder Julia Grosso will be playing for a different team.

Grosso has been called up to the Canadian Women’s Senior National Team for a friendly on Sunday. Canada is set to face Brazil in Ottawa. Grosso, who turned 18 earlier this week, hails from Vancouver and participated in a friendly against Germany in June.

Due to her call-up, Grosso also missed UT’s 2-1 win over Long Beach State on Thursday. She will return to Texas following Sunday’s contest.

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Texas freshman Julia Grosso plays internationally for Canada. She has been called up to the Canadian Women’s Senior National Team for a friendly on Sunday. (University of Texas athletics)

Grosso has started two of the three games she has appeared in at Texas. She has taken three shots but has yet to score.

Ranked 23rd in the United Soccer Coaches’ poll, Texas is 3-0-1 this season. Last weekend, the Longhorns tied a North Carolina team that is currently the third-ranked team in the nation. Two of the teams that UT has beaten — Central Florida and Long Beach State — received votes in the most-recent poll compiled by the United Soccer Coaches.

Stephen F. Austin is 1-2 this year. One of those defeats was a 4-0 loss to the Big 12’s TCU. In its history, Texas has won the only two matches it has played against the Ladyjacks.

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