Texas was on its way to a huge win over a ranked Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon, until suddenly everything turned.
The Red Raiders tied the game with just over a minute to play in regulation and picked up the 2-1 win with a goal five and a half minutes into the overtime period. The loss means the Longhorns mathematically can’t win the Big 12 regular-season title.
“It’s just a game of inches,” Texas head coach Angela Kelly said. “You’ve just got to create your own momentum and make sure the ball continues to move in your direction. We were on the short end of that stick today.”
The Longhorns had their biggest crowd of the season on Senior Day, as 1,982 Longhorns fans were in attendance.
Kelly said the Longhorns were a little banged up as Julia Grosso wasn’t at 100 percent, and Haley Berg — who scored the game-winner on Friday against Iowa State — was battling a wrist injury.
Senior defender Atu Mshana busted her lip after a hard challenge in the first half against Texas Tech, but got five stitches and returned in the second half.
“We wanted to win, and we kept trying to push when we got the ball,” Mshana said. “It didn’t go our way, but we’re going to bounce back (in the regular-season finale). It’s going to give us more last focus in the last couple of minutes in the future.”
Texas goalkeeper Savannah Miller put on a show making 10 saves, six of which came in the back-and-forth second half.
The Longhorns held Texas Tech forward Kirsten Davis — the conference leader in points, goals and shots — to just seven touched in the first half. She had eight touches in the first ten minutes of the second half.
But it was Texas that got on the scoresheet first when a failed clearance of a Cameron Brooks shot bounced off a Texas Tech defender and into their own goal in the 61st minute.
“I just wanted to get the ball into the mix,” Brooks said. “I just wanted someone to get on the end of it, and I thought if I put it in there, it could deflect off of someone. We were just pulling wide, and we knew what areas to attack.”
With less than two minutes to go, Charlotte Teeter headed home a cross from eight yards in front of the Texas net to send the game to overtime.
Macy Schultz scored with a left-footed shot from 13 yards out in overtime to win it for the Red Raiders.
“It was deflating, but all the girls came together, and we were trying to pull through and do our best at the end,” Brooks said. “We had a lot of get up and go because we were fighting for the seniors today.”
The senior class has averaged more than 11 wins per season in their years with the Longhorns. Texas will look to get to that 11 win mark when it finishes up the regular season on the road against Oklahoma on Thursday night.
The Big 12 Championship tournament beginning on Nov. 3 in Kansas City, Missouri, and Texas can begin the tournament anywhere from the No. 2 to No. 5 seed depending on results in the last game of the regular season.
“We’re going to look back at this one and feel it was on that got away,” Kelly said. “There is so much parity in this conference and it’s a dogfight every time. One thing you’re guaranteed at Texas is you’re getting everyone’s best, no matter what sport.”