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Women's Soccer Fights but Falls to No. 13 Texas, 3-2
Sept. 5, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas - Despite a late two goal charge and strong play by the Greyhounds, No. 13 Texas came out on top, 3-2 in front of 1,444 fans at Myers Stadium on Sunday. Loyola falls to 2-2 with the loss while the Longhorns improve to 3-1. Before Sunday's game with Loyola, Texas was ranked 13th in the country by the National Soccer Coaches of America Association and 10th by Soccer Buzz.
While Texas' offense held most of the possession early on by outshooting the Greyhounds by a 15-1 margin through the first 34-plus minutes, the game remained scoreless before Texas' Kristen Teter settled a ball from Kelly Wilson to the left of the six, pulled back and completed the give-and-go to Wilson who fired a shot inside the far post to give UT a 1-0 lead. Loyola would try to answer with more pressure in the final 10 minutes of the period, including their first shot on goal coming in the final minute, but was unable to capitalize on that chance.
With Texas still holding onto a one-goal advantage in the second half, Loyola received a foul call just outside the top of the penalty area and had Naomi Daniels rocket a shot off the set piece underneath the cross bar in the 60th minute to knot the match at 1-1. Texas answered back as Kennedy finished a cross from Amy Burlingham just outside the six-yard line at 61:01 to reclaim the lead. Just over three minutes later, Kelly McDonald converted a feed from Wilson and Ashley Foster by turning the corner on her defender and lifting a shot under the crossbar. Failing to let down, the Greyhounds cut their deficit to one goal as Ellen Sroka settled a loose ball above the penalty area and lofted a shot over keeper Dana Hall and into the back of the UT net in the 83rd minute. But it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit and catch the nationally ranked Longhorns.
Picking up the win in goal for UT was Hall, who improved to 3-1 on the year, while Loyola's Erica Niemann incurred the loss despite making three saves on the night.
Texas held a 22-8 advantage in shots and a 7-1 led in corner kicks.
Loyola had its offense paced by Daniels and Sroka, who each scored second-half unassisted goals on their only shots of the match.