2022 Texas Fall Soccer Schedule
AUSTIN, Texas – Eleven home matches, including contests against 21-time NCAA national champion North Carolina, “Sunshine State” powers Florida and UCF, Red River rival Oklahoma and defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion Lipscomb, highlight the 2022 University of Texas fall soccer schedule released on Monday by head coach Angela Kelly.
The 18-match regular-season slate includes three contests against opponents that earned bids into the 2021 Fall NCAA Tournament Field of 64. Among those are NCAA Sweet 16 participant and defending Big 12 regular-season and tournament champion TCU as well as North Carolina and Lipscomb.
Times and television broadcast information for all Texas soccer matches will be released at a later date.
After opening the slate with a home exhibition match against Southland Conference foe Incarnate Word (Aug. 12), the Longhorns begin their regular-season campaign by hosting defending Atlantic Sun Conference champ Lipscomb (Aug. 18).
Next up is a high-profile, four-team invitational-style event as the Longhorns welcome North Carolina, Florida and Baylor to Mike A. Myers Stadium. Texas will face-off against the 21-time NCAA champion Tarheels on Aug. 25 before battling the Gators on Aug. 28.
The UT road schedule gets underway with a visit to the Pacific Northwest as the Burnt Orange & White are slated to play at Oregon (Sept. 1) and Gonzaga (Sept. 4).
Texas then returns home for a season-long, four-match home stand against Utah State (Sept. 8), UTRGV (Sept. 11), Texas Southern (Sept. 15) and UCF (Sept. 18).
UT christens its Big 12 Conference schedule on the road at defending league champion TCU (Sept. 22) and Texas Tech (Sept. 25) before returning to Austin for three consecutive league match-ups against Baylor (Sept. 30), Kansas State ( Oct. 6) and Kansas (Oct. 9).
Other league road contests include visits to West Virginia (Oct. 13), Iowa State (Oct. 20) and Oklahoma State (Oct. 23), while the Horns will host their version of the Red River Rivalry in Austin to wrap-up the regular season on Oct. 27.
The annual Big 12 Soccer Championship will be held at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas, over Oct. 30-Nov. 6. The NCAA Tournament is slated to begin with first-round action over Nov. 11-13, while the NCAA Women’s College Cup is scheduled for Dec. 2-4 in Cary, NC
The Longhorns are returning 21 players from a 2021 fall campaign that saw Texas post an 11-5-6 overall record on the way to Big 12 Conference regular-season and tournament runner-up finishes and the program’s 15th all-time berth in the NCAA Tournament. Those returnees combined to account for 32-of-38 goals (84%), 33-of-39 assists (85%) and 97-of-115 total points (84%) from last season as well as all 22 goalkeeping starts and 10 total shutouts between the pipes.
Included among the numerous standouts returning to the Forty Acres are 2021 United Soccer Coaches All-Region selections Lexi Missimo, Trinity Byars and Emma Regan. The Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year, Missimo scored nine goals and dished a league-high and Texas freshman record 14 assists for 32 total points (fourth in the Big 12). An All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection, Byars led the Longhorns with 12 goals (third in the Big 12) to go with 10 assists for a squad-best 34 total points (tied for second in the Big 12). Regan, a second team All-Big 12 Conference choice, started all 22 matches as a senior while playing a team-leading 2,102 of 2,113 possible minutes and helping lead the Texas backline to 10 shutouts. Also back to help Regan power a stout defense are a pair of All-Big 12 Conference Second Team selections in senior goalkeeper Savannah Madden (22 starts, 0.90 GAA, nine solo shutouts) and sophomore defend Em J Cox (22 starts, 2,025 minutes, two goals, one assist, five points). sophomore forward Holly Ward (one goal, one assist, three points in 2021) also returns to the Forty Acres fresh off helping Team Canada qualify for the upcoming 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
The Longhorns are adding seven players from another strong recruiting class that included mid-term transfer enrollees jilly shimkin (Sophomore/Rockville Centre, NY/South Side High School/NYSC & Albertson Fury) and taylor dellosso (Redshirt Freshman/Defender/Midfielder/Colleyville, Texas/Baylor University/Grapevine High School/Solar SC) as well as Olivia Ahren (Midfielder/West Vancouver, British Columbia/Burnaby Central Secondary School/Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite REX), Tony Lopez (No. 163 in Top Drawer Soccer-IMG Academy national recruit rankings/Center Back/Palmetto, Fla./IMG Academy/IMG Academy), kendall sproat (No. 185/Goalkeeper/Frisco, Texas/Independence High School/Solar SC), Breana Thompson (Defender/Mesquite, Texas/John Horn High School/Dallas Texans) and Liz Worden (No. 60/Forward/Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King Jr. High School/Legends FC).
As a UT newcomer, Shimkin was one of Texas’ 2022 spring season standouts, ranking second on the squad with five total goals as the Longhorns went 5-0 overall.