SFA soccer suffered a tough loss against the UT Longhorns on Friday night 3-1.
Both teams went into the game searching to break their two-game losing streaks. SFA had never scored against the Longhorns, losing to them in 4-0 in 2007 and 0-5 in 2018. This time, they were able to score against the Longhorns with 14 minutes into the first half taking the lead 1-0.
The goal was made by sophomore forward Mattie Musser, off a set piece from a corner kick. The ball was sent toward the back of the goal box where Musser was able to get a header to send it over the keeper’s hands. The assists came from junior midfielder, Sophia Fondren.
With several attempts in the first half, the Longhorns were not able to score until 37 minutes in. Ladyjack senior goalkeeper Allyson Halliday had two saves before Longhorn Haley Berg was able to find the back of the net with an assist by Mackenzie McFarland.
UT held possession for most of the game. By the end of the first half, the Longhorns had 12 shot attempts and three shots on goal. The Ladyjacks had five shot attempts and two shots on goal.
In the second half, SFA was able to regain possession. However, they allowed UT to score two more goals to take the lead. The Longhorns finished the game with 22 shot attempts and seven shots on goal, while the Ladyjacks had 10 shot attempts and two shots on goal.
SFA had a few opportunities to catch up in the second half. One opportunity was called offside when junior forward, Elise Davis. had made a run too early. Davis was able to score against the keeper; but, the referee had his hand up after the shot which did not allow the goal to count.
Another attempt was made by Musser after 63 minutes, missing the net and hitting the crossbar. Halliday had a total of four saves by the end of the game. UT’s third goal came in during minute 61 by Teni Akindoju and the fourth goal was in minute 80 by Berg.
Lead scorer for the game was Berg with two goals and contributing with one assist, five shots and three shots on goal.
The Ladyjacks will face Texas Southern University at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Nacogdoches. The game will be on ESPN+. SFA soccer will remain at their home field next week, facing Louisiana State University Alexandria at 7 p.m. on Friday.