AUSTIN, Texas – The Nevada soccer team closed out its weekend trip to Austin with a 5-1 loss to the University of Texas Sunday afternoon.
“While the result is disappointing and on paper you can’t see all the positives of our performance, we still have work to do in a couple of key areas,” head coach Dr. Melissa Price said. “We have been lacking some composure in the final third, but today we were able to finish a quality chance. Both Daisha and Chrisalyn executed the final pass and shot after an excellent series of possession to bring the score line to 2-1. We have dealt with some adversity this year and we have shown strength and teamwork through it all. I’m confident in our ability to make quick, disciplined adjustments to our tactics and execution that will produce more positive results moving forward.”
Texas (2-0-2) scored two quick goals in the first quarter of the opening half that put the Wolf Pack (0-3-1) in an early two-goal hole. At 16:51 the Longhorns tallied their first of five off of a corner kick with Brooke Gilbert on the finish from about six yards out. Not a full minute had gone by when Texas struck again, getting a goal this time from Chantale Campbell at 17:41, which put the Longhorns up by two.
Nevada produced a quick answer of its own when senior Chrisalyn Fonte notched her first goal of the season 13 seconds after the second Texas score. Junior Daisha Jones-Oglesby connected with Fonte on a give-and-go that allowed Fonte to bury a shot from the right side, cutting the deficit in half.
Before the opening 45 minutes expired, Texas managed one more goal to get back to a two-goal lead. The Longhorns’ Olivia Brook provided the strike on a header six yards out from the left side. The Pack put up a strong first half, posting seven shots, but UT goalkeeper Abby Smith made four saves to keep Nevada to just the one score.
Shortly into the start of the second half, Texas again found the back of the net twice in a quick time frame. In the 50th minute, Gilbert headed home her second goal of the game, sneaking a shot in just below the crossbar. Just over a minute later, the Longhorns tacked on their final tally of the match when Brook placed a rebound into the back of the net off a save from Wolf Pack goalkeeper Devyn Bryar. Bryar stopped six shots in all.
Texas racked up 26 shots in the contest while the Wolf Pack put up a season-high nine shots on the Longhorns. In addition to the shot totals, Texas took 11 corner kicks to Nevada’s one in the match.
Nevada will play one more road match this Friday, Sept. 5 at Sacramento State at 2:30 p.m., before returning to Reno to take on Saint Mary’s next Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. from Moana Field.