MORGANTOWN W. Va. – Thursday night at Dick Dlesk Football Stadium, Texas Football No. 22 (11-1-3, 5-0-1 Big 12 Conference) used sophomore midfielder goals Jilly Shimkin and second ahead Trinity Byars to beat West Virginia (4-4-6, 1-1-3 Big 12 Conference), 2-1.
Texas Game Notes
- Texas extended its Big 12 Conference regular-season roster record to 15 straight games (11-0-4) since the start of the 2021 league campaign. Big 12 regular season in 706 days.
- Texas extended its 2022 unbeaten streak to 13 games (10-0-3) since Aug. 28 against Florida. This ties the 2006 and 2017 Longhorns for the second-longest undefeated skein in program history.
- At 11-1-3 overall, Texas is off to its best 15-game start to the campaign since going 12-1-2 to start the 2017 season.
- Texas has improved to 52-0-1 in the last 53 games in which it has scored two or more goals in a game.
- Big 12 top scorer Trinity Byars tied his career high in a single season with his 12th goal of the season, while Jilly Shimkin recorded his fifth goal and sixth assist of the campaign.
- West Virginia’s goal at 21:52 ended Texas’ shutout streak at 402:40 of game time that dated back to Sept. 22 at No. 12 TCU.
- Texas’ win marked the program’s first-ever at Morgantown and improved the Horns to 3-9-3 all-time against the Mountaineers.
Texas had the best of early possession with plenty of dangerous crosses down the middle in the first six minutes. Fifth-year senior midfielder Emma Ragan eventually recorded Texas’ first shot of the contest as his 22-yard blast at 6:12 went straight to WVU goaltender Kayza Massey.
On a long free kick near the left sideline, the UT sophomore midfielder Jilly Shimkin threw a straight shot at the frame forcing Massey to jump and catch at 11:09.
West Virginia recorded its first hit of the game at 2:56. On a cross from the right wing to the back post, Lauren Segalla found herself in some space, but she hit her head from eight yards straight into the Texas graduate student net minder. Savanna Madness.
Unfortunately, the next time the Mountaineers tried a header on the frame, they didn’t miss. In the 22nd minute, Lilly McCarthy took possession of the ball and headed towards the left baseline before crossing through the middle. Running near the top of the six was Dilary Heredia-Beltran to head a five-yard shot into the string for a 1-0 advantage.
Chaos ensued in the 34th minute as a long ballfield fell directly past Byars. The Richardson, Texas native beat Massey who was charging the ball and rounded the keeper. Facing a wide-open net, Byars continued to dribble closer, but was carried by West Virginia’s Jordan Brewster before she could shoot. The head referee whistled a penalty and showed Brewster a direct red card. After a long delay, Shimkin came forward and kicked the top left corner to tie the game at 1-1.
On a Texas corner at 40:58, second defender EmJ Cox forced Massey back into action as the Dallas, Texas native’s seven-yard header was caught in the air near the right post.
Back at the other end at 42:26, Emily Thompson of West Virginia tried to bend a 20-yard shot into the top left corner 90 at 42:26 but saw her shot go wide. ‘remove.
At halftime, UT’s sophomore midfielder Ashlyn Miller attempted a shot from nine yards down the right side at 47:57, but Massey positioned himself near the right post to make a save.
In the 55th minute, a dangerous Texas cross from the left found the senior forward Teni Akindoju rolled close to the right post, but the Halifax, Nova Scotia native’s shot was stopped beyond the baseline for a corner.
As the Longhorns’ offense swarmed against the Mountaineers, UT finally turned to the reigning Coaches Football United Division I National Player of the Week to secure their first lead of the night. With possession from around 40 yards, Shimkin moved upfield quickly before delivering a perfect ball to Byars just inside the top of the box. The Big 12 conference leading scorer wasted no time beating Massey on the right side of the string from nine yards out to make it 2-1.
Just 1:53 later, West Virginia had a chance of its own as Heredia-Beltran bent a 17-yard effort outside the top left 90.
After Shimkin missed an 18-yard shot outside the top left corner at 70:41, Texas came within inches of a third base at 71:09. On a short corner, Shimkin fired a cross near the penalty spot. Cox jumped above the crowd and headed off the crossbar before the climbers could clear their lines.
Byars swept an errant pass around 35 yards from goal in the 77th minute and burst into the box. As the West Virginia defense rallied for cover, they attempted a shot from 15 yards but mishit it to the right of the frame.
Texas continued to apply heavy pressure as Miller threw a 24-yard attempt over the crossbar at 78:19.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, the UT sophomore forward holly room and Shimkin combined for hard work in one of the attacking corners as the duo helped the Longhorns burn at least two minutes behind.
West Virginia earned a corner kick with about five minutes left. On the delivery into the box, Lauren Segalla launched a 14-yard header off the frame, but Madden was perfectly placed for a hold at the left post.
Segalla created another WVU scoring opportunity at 87:09, but his shot from 12 yards ventured wide to the left of the frame.
A Texas foul gave West Virginia one last chance near midfield with just 15 seconds on the clock. On delivery into the box, the Longhorns managed to knock the ball down and clear it near midfield as the closing seconds ticked away in a historic win at Morgantown.