AUSTIN, TEXAS -- The University of Texas women's soccer team lost its first overtime match of the season 3-2 to the Houston Cougars Sunday at Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field. The Longhorns (2-2) erased a 2-0 deficit to force the extra frame, but were unable to score a third unanswered goal for the win. The Cougars (2-2) scored 34 seconds into overtime en route to their second consecutive win, and first ever over UT.
Houston opened the scoring in the 13th minute of the game when junior Kara Bullinger corralled a loose ball inside the Texas penalty area and blasted a 12-yard shot into the net. The Cougars extended the lead to 2-0 less than four minutes later on an unassisted goal by junior Kristen Hogan (16:19). Texas responded with its first goal of the match when junior forward Abby Gutowski (San Diego, Calif. / James Madison) took a feed from freshman forward Kylee Wosnuk (Folsom, Calif. / Folsom) and put a shot over Cougar goalkeeper Susan Barra into the left corner of the net (21:58). The Horns continued to apply pressure, outshooting Houston 12-3 in the first half, but could not tie the score and the half ended 2-1 in favor of the Cougars.
Texas and Houston battled scoreless for the first 19 minutes of the second half. The Longhorns finally tied the score at two when freshman midfielder Lauren Field (Dallas, Texas / Ursuline Academy) converted a direct kick at 79:49 to score her second goal of the season. Neither team managed to score in the final 10:11, setting up the sudden victory overtime period.
Houston freshman Nicole Aubuchon scored the unassisted game-winner on a break-away at 90:34. The match ended with Texas holding a 31-10 advantage in shots.
"We had chances early that we just didn't put away," said Texas head coach Chris Petrucelli. "You can't let a team like Houston have a chance early, and we did just that."
Freshman Shay Wilkerson (Houston, Texas / Klein Forest) played the duration of the match in goal for Texas, made three saves and received the loss to drop her record to 2-2. Barra started in goal for Houston and made three saves in the first half before giving way to junior Cate Robin, who played the second half and the overtime period. Robin picked up her first win of the season by playing the final 45:34 of the match and making nine saves.
Texas Women's Soccer at Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field, Austin, Texas Houston 3, Texas 2 (OT) 1 2 3 F Houston 2 0 1 -- 3 Texas 1 1 0 -- 3 SCORING 1. UH-Bullinger (unassisted) 12:42; 2. UH-Hogan (unassisted) 16:19; 3. UT-Gutowski (Wosnuk) 21:58; 4. UT-Field (unassisted) 79:49; 5. UH-Aubuchon (unassisted) 90:34. SHOTS Houston 10, Texas 31 GOALKEEPER SAVES Houston (Susan Barra 3, Robin Cate 9); Texas (Shay Wilkerson 3) CORNER KICKS Houston 6, Texas 7 FOULS Houston 22, Texas 10 CARDS YC UH Repp 29:28 ATTENDANCE 595