AUSTIN, Texas – In exhibition action Friday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium, the braces (two goals) from the two sophomore midfielders Lexi Missimo and senior striker Teni Akindoju led a group of five different Longhorns scorers as Texas edged Incarnate Word, 7-0.
Texas Game Notes
- Return of the Big 12 Conference freshman Lexi Missimo led the charge from midfield, scoring twice while providing three assists for seven points.
- Teni Akindoju also scored twice, while the second-year transfer midfielder Jilly Shimkinsfifth-year senior forward Mackenzie McFarland and senior striker Sydney Nobles each tickled the string once.
- senior defender Cameron Brooks provided two assists, while the first year progressed Liz WordenMcFarland, second midfielder Amelie Abbott and Nobles all recorded a single assistant.
- Texas beat Incarnate Word by an impressive 28-7, led 11-4 in shots on goal and held a 10-3 corner advantage.
It only took 1h19 in Texas for the 2022 campaign to get off to a flying start. Brooks started the goal-scoring game by running up the left wing and crossing down the middle. Jumping over the wire, Worden deflected the ball slightly before Missimo chased it out of the keeper’s hands and into the left side of the goal nine yards out to make it 1-0.
The Longhorns offense continued to swarm in its offensive third with Brooks (2:08), Worden (3:02) and the senior defenseman Carlee Allen (4:11 & 12:32) extended the early shot advantage to 5-0.
Worden had a golden opportunity to get on the scoresheet in the 15th minute. A through ball through the middle located the space native Riverside, Calif. leading 1-on-1 over UIW goaltender Makenzie Hall. The netkeeper quickly left his line and managed to get a diving touch on the ball as Worden lost his balance. The Cardinals managed to recover before a shot could be launched.
After Hall saved a McFarland effort from a sharp angle down the right wing at 18:38, the Burnt Orange & White doubled their advantage at 19:25. Missimo delivered a pass through the back line to Shimkin in space. The Penn State transfer dribbled high in the box and chipped the keeper from 18 yards for a 2-0 advantage.
It took the Longhorns just 30 seconds to increase the lead to 3-0. Again, Missimo found a player in space as McFarland took control from about 11 yards out from a sharp right angle and somehow deflected a shot from an England defender. UIW and in the twine.
Incarnate Word finally registered their first shot of the match at 28:46 as Keeley Ayala had a shot from over 20 yards blocked safely.
After a pair of UIW corners, Bria Bowers took a chance but missed wide on the right in the 33rd minute. Less than two minutes later, the Texas graduate goaltender Savanna Madness was forced into action for the first time by jumping to grab a shot from 18 yards down the left wing by Sierra Wannamaker.
At 40:40, Missimo again distributed a left ball to Brooks. The Round Rock, Texas product took a dribble and bent a perfect pass just past Nobles charging in the mid-18. The Southlake, Texas native had no trouble beating Hall inside the left post eight yards out to make it 4-0.
The shooting range continued after the half-time break as McFarland grabbed a turnover in the back, broke into the right side of the 18 and crossed through the middle. Missimo waited to steal a quick shot from five yards home as his quick kick increased the Longhorns lead to 5-0.
UIW chained arguably its best offensive pressure sequence from the 52nd to the 54th minute. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, all three of their shots came from outside the 18 and only two forced routine Madden catches.
In the end, the Texas head coach Angela Kelly went deep into the bench (19 players saw action), but the scoring continued.
A long overhand pass from Abbott landed right in the way of a fleeing Akindoju. The Halifax, Nova Scotia product scored on goal and beat Hall who charged down the right edge from 16 yards to make it 6-0.
With just 3:32 left in regulation time, Nobles took possession of the ball outside the top of the box and made a pass down the middle. Akindoju fought off a pair of Cardinal defenders to gain possession and netted his second goal of the game from eight yards out to complete the 7-0 score line.
It was so close to going 8-0 at 87:40, but Abbott’s long effort from 20 yards hit the right post before it was cleared.