Aug 23, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas --- The Georgia soccer team allowed a set piece goal less than five minutes in and could never recover in Friday night's 2-0 season-opening loss to Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
The Bulldogs suffered just their second loss in a season opener since 2005, now 14-3-2 all-time in those games.
"It's not the start we wanted," said fourth-year head coach Steve Holeman. "We knew Texas was very good on free kicks and they got their first goal that way, then another one off a corner. They are fantastic in the air. [The early goal] wasn't a good start to our game and it's not a good start to our season, but we saw a lot of positives out there. We'll be fine."
The Longhorns got on the board just 4:52 into the game when they were awarded the free kick after a Georgia foul, and Lindsey Meyer and Sharis Lachappelle each got a head on it before Brooke Gilbert finished into the back of the net to give UT the 1-0 lead.
Georgia had their first big chance with 26 minutes to play in the half when freshman Gabby Seiler fired a long shot from outside the 18, but it sailed wide. With 18 to go, fellow rookie Marion Crowder was open in front after a Georgia clear, but the keeper charged and beat Crowder to the ball before the freshman could get a foot on it. The Bulldogs had a corner toward the end of the frame, taken by senior defender Carli Shultis, but freshman Lauren Tanner's flick on it was blocked as the clock hovered toward a minute. Texas entered the locker room at intermission guarding its one-goal lead, up in the shot column 8-2.
The Bulldogs had a big opportunity with under 40 minutes remaining in the second half when senior forward Madeline Barker carried the ball all the way up field by herself and fired a rocket from long range, but it was barely wide. Barker sent another ball over from the right side, and Crowder was there, but keeper Abby Smith was able to break up the chance with 34 to go.
Texas then moved the lead to 2-0 when Meyer finished on a loose ball after a Longhorn corner kick in the 65th minute, and that score stood up as UT improved to 1-0 on the year and Georgia dropped to 0-1 in the early going.
Seiler led Georgia with three shots on the night, while Barker had two. Keeper Caitlin Woody finished with seven saves.
The Bulldogs will remain in the Lone Star State for Sunday's game vs. Houston at 2 p.m. ET. Georgiadogs.com will offer live audio coverage and the Georgia Soccer Live Blog, each beginning just before kickoff.