Football uses Trinity Byars’ 11th goal to beat Baylor, 1-0

AUSTIN, Texas — Friday night in front of the second-largest crowd (3,130) this season at Mike A. Myers Stadium, sophomore forward Trinity Byars scored his Big 12 Conference-leading 11th goal of the year to propel Texas Football (8-1-3, 2-0-1 Big 12 Conference) past Baylor (2-6-2, 0-2 -0 Big 12 Conference), 1-0.

Texas Game Notes

  • Texas extended its Big 12 Conference regular season program record unbeaten to 12 straight games (8-0-4) since the start of the 2021 league campaign.
  • Texas improved its 2022 unbeaten streak to 10 games (7-0-3) since Aug. 28 against Florida.
  • Byars’ goal was his 11th of the year leading the Big 12 conference, just one after matching his career-high 12 goals set in his 2021 freshman campaign. All 11 goals are good for a tie seventh in a single season in Texas program history (alongside Carol Finch – 1996).
  • Tonight’s attendance of 3,130 followed only the 3,264 fans against North Carolina for the most this season at Mike A. Myers Stadium and marked the 10th largest Texas crowd in program history. .
  • Certified goalkeeper Savanna Madness made a season-high nine saves while recording his 21st solo career shutout (fourth in Texas career history).
  • Fifth-year senior midfielder Emma Ragan started his 70th straight game tonight against Baylor.
  • Texas now leads its all-time series over Baylor by a total of 17-9-5, including 9-3-2 in games played in Austin.
  • Texas is now 42-4-6 since the start of the 2018 season when it scored first in a game and 6-0-3 in such contests in 2022.
  • Baylor beat Texas 14-11, including 9-4 on penalties, while UT led 4-1 on corners.

The details

Texas’ offense created the game’s first scoring opportunity on a corner kick at just 2:01. On the wire to the top of the penalty area, the second defender EmJ Cox jumped over his marker to drive a header on the frame. Byars almost managed a quick deflection of the ball in passing, but the shot rolled straight into the arms of Baylor keeper Lauren Traywick.

The Bears forced the UT graduate goalie into action at 4:48 as Blythe Obar launched a 17-yard effort from the top left corner of the box directly to Savanna Madness for the first of his nine stops, a season high.

In the 12th minute, a quick Texas breaking pitch ended with Regan shooting high off the bar 15 yards down the left side.

Longhorns second-year midfielder Jilly Shimkin came into action in the 23rd minute as the Rockville Center, NY product attempted to bend a 22-yard effort into the top right corner 90 only to have his shot drift just outside the post.

The Burnt Orange & White had a solid chance to break through with a long throw-in from the senior fifth-year defenseman Cameron Brooks at 24:30. On the left sideline delivery in the middle of 18, fifth-year senior forward Mackenzie McFarland settled the ball and fired a shot eight yards out. Unfortunately, the ball deflected slightly and rolled towards Traywick for a save.

Texas’ breakthrough finally came at 27:08 thanks to Byars’ more personal offensive brilliance. The Richardson, Texas native took possession of the ball from about 35 yards out and blasted her way through several Baylor defenders before firing a 12-yard shot into the bottom right corner to make it 1- 0.

Shimkin had a good chance to add to UT’s advantage at 31:00, but his 14-yard volley try off a cross from the left wing ventured over the crossbar.

Possession swung in Baylor’s favor in the final 10 minutes or so of the first half as Olivia Mack had a blocked shot in the 34th minute.

In the 40th minute, all the pressure from BU almost paid off with an equaliser. Elizabeth Kooiman started things off for the Bears by hitting a 17-yard shot off the frame that Madden jumped to tip the crossbar. In the ensuing corner, Kayley Ables rose to launch an eight-yard header to the left post. The shot deflected directly at Ables, but a follow-up shot to his knee appeared straight and over the woodwork.

At halftime, Baylor kept up their late pressure in the second stanza, but the Texas defense continued to hold their ground while continuously clearing their lines.

Kooiman made either team’s first shot in the second half, throwing an 18-yard shot straight at Madden at 58:42.

Maddie Algya took a shot from 22 yards at 60:18 but also hit her attempt directly at the Texas keeper.

Texas finally started to settle in the second half around the 60th minute, but Baylor continued to fire from range.

Off the fast-breaking field, BU’s Gabby Mueller shot high from the frame at 67:18 while Kooiman drove a 20-yard attempt straight at Madden.

Second-year midfielder Ashlyn Miller got the Longhorns on the board in the second half by having a 22-yard strike blocked and cleared at 73:46.

After Baylor’s Ashley Merrill missed high from 17 yards in the 80th minute, Texas nearly found a second goal. First-year midfielder Olivia Ahern got possession and hit a shot from 23 yards only to see Traywick jump up and flip the try over the crossbar.

As Texas worked hard to burn time, Baylor got two more shots from Kooiman at 84:37 and 88:16, but both went straight into Madden’s waiting arms.

In the final minute, the Bears attempted another push up, but were thwarted by an offside flag.

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