Well 17 Soccer opens the Big 12 Championship by shutting out Kansas State 4-0

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ROUND ROCK, Texas – No. 17 Texas football (14-1-4) scored three times in a span of 8:33 of the first half in a drive past Kansas State in Big 12 Championship quarterfinal action Sunday afternoon at the Sprouts Farmers Market at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex ( 6-10-3).

The top-seeded Longhorns now advance to the semifinals to face fourth-seeded West Virginia on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. CT (Big 12 Now on ESPN+).

Texas Match Notes

  • Texas stretched its unbeaten streak to a school-record 17 consecutive games dating back to Aug. 28 against Florida.
  • Sophomore forward Trinity Byars tied a 21-year-old school record by scoring a point in her ninth straight game. The Richardson, Texas, native tied former All-American Kelly Wilson’s record originally set from Sept. 7-Oct. 14, 2001.
  • Byars also scored her Big 12-leading 16th goal of the year, tying Wilson’s single-season program record set in 2004.
  • Texas improved to 8-0-0 all-time against Kansas State and has now defeated the Wildcats 25-0 overall.
  • Texas is now 15-19-9 overall and making its 25th appearance in the Big 12 Championship.
  • Graduate goalkeeper Savannah Madden she made six saves as she recorded her 24th career shutout.
  • Sophomore midfielder Holly Ward (third), sophomore linebacker EmJ Cox (seventh) and a sophomore infielder Lexi Missimo (sixth) all scored for the Longhorns.
  • Missimo also added two assists against the Wildcats en route to a four-point effort.


Texas started to push right from the kickoff as a sophomore linebacker Ashlyn Miller at 2:19 he sent a shot that was blocked wide of the right post from 22 yards.

From the ensuing corner at 2:35, Cox soared high above the crowd, but her header attempt sailed wide left of the frame.

In the seventh minute, the Burnt Orange & White appeared to take the first advantage when Byars tickled the string from the right side of the 18-yard box. Unfortunately for the Horns, the referee had a flag on the other side of the field to signal that it was offside.

Kansas State got on the board at 8:49 when Kyler Goins fired a 15-yard attempt down the left wing right at Madden for the save.

With UT dominating possession, Texas went on a quick counterattack in the 23rd minute. Byars placed the sophomore outfielder Jilly Shimkin on the left wing and the native of Rockville Centre, N.Y. blocked a shot from 14 yards out for a corner.

In the 25th minute, Missimo scored after deflecting a Miller shot, but the flag was again flagged for offside as the game somehow remained scoreless.

Just 38 seconds later, Texas came close again when Byars took a shot from the top of the box, only for Kansas State goalie Alaina Werremeyer to jump and tip the shot over the crossbar.

Burnt Orange & White finally broke through from the following corner at 25:16. Missimo passed the ball to the back post where Cox was waiting. The Dallas, Texas native headed the ball back to the right post where Ward was waiting from three yards out to clear to make it 1-0.

Texas scored 2:34 later for a 2-0 advantage. After Ward bent an 18-yard shot just outside the right top 90, Missimo picked up the ensuing corner kick into the middle of the 18. The ball was dropping near the top of the six and Cox and Werremeyer appeared to collide as the ball rebounded. into the hip of the UT defender and into the string.

The Wildcats nearly pulled one back at 29:08 when Bailey Nemechek crossed a ball from the right wing that rattled the crossbar before Texas could clear its lines.

Shimkin almost made it 3-0 at 32:02 when her 17-yard attempt was saved beyond the right post by a diving Werremeyer.

However, the onslaught soon continued as Byars was fouled inside the box at 33:49. Missimo stepped up and slotted the penalty into the bottom right corner for a 3-0 lead.

Throughout the opening half, Kansas State had a number of solid chances. At 37:35, Kurtsen Klahr sent a 25+ yard shot over the bar.

In the 43rd minute, K-State’s Jazmin Brown headed an attempt off the frame from a corner kick to the back post, forcing Madden to dive and tip over the woodwork.

With just 22 ticks left in the first half, Kyler Goins deflected a 17-yard shot right at Madden as Texas took a three-goal lead into the break.

Just seconds before the locker room, the Wildcats nearly created a 1-on-1 opportunity when a long pass landed directly in the path of a KSU player. Madden didn’t hesitate as the San Diego, Calif., product raced off her line to catch the ball before any shots could be taken.

Madden came through with another huge stop at 52:54 when she dived to her right side and tipped Andra Mohler’s 18-yard shot wide of the left post and into the corner.

With the Longhorns offense buzzing on numerous shots by Ward (56:32), Byars (62:52 & 65:33) and Shimkin (63:07), Texas finally made it 4-0 at 69:41.

Shimkin opened the scoring play with a pass to Byars, who entered the right side of the box. The Richardson, Texas, native quickly tapped past Werremeyer and tickled the string from eight yards out.

KSU got close again at 70:43 when Joey Lujan somehow lifted a shot over his head from 12 yards out in front. The ball was on frame only to be saved off the line by a Texas defender to keep the score.

That was the case for the Wildcats down the stretch as the Longhorns worked hard to complete the impressive quarterfinal triumph.


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