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Soccer announces its 2021 fall schedule

June 21, 2021
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AUSTIN, Texas – Eleven home matches, including contests against defending Big 12 Conference champion TCU, defending league titlists Georgetown, Samford and SIU-Edwardsville and NCAA participants West Virginia and Oklahoma State, highlight the 2021 University of Texas fall soccer schedule released on Monday by head coach Angela Kelly . The […]

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AUSTIN, Texas – Eleven home matches, including contests against defending Big 12 Conference champion TCU, defending league titlists Georgetown, Samford and SIU-Edwardsville and NCAA participants West Virginia and Oklahoma State, highlight the 2021 University of Texas fall soccer schedule released on Monday by head coach Angela Kelly.

The 18-match regular-season slate includes six contests against opponents that earned bids into the 48-team 2021 NCAA Tournament Field of 64. Among those are NCAA Quarterfinalist TCU, NCAA Sweet 16 participants Georgetown, Rice and Oklahoma State as well as West Virginia (second round) and SIU-Edwardsville.

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 Abilene Christian (Aug. 13), the Longhorns begin their regular season campaign on the road with a swing through "The Sunshine State" to battle UCF (Aug. 19) and Florida (Aug. 22).

The Burnt Orange & White christen the home schedule at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Aug. 29 by hosting defending BIG EAST Conference champion Georgetown before playing New Mexico State (Sept. 2).

Following a quick road trip to defending Conference USA champ Rice (Sept. 5), Texas returns home for a season-long four-match home stand against Oregon (Sept. 9), UTRGV (Sept. 12), defending SoCon titlist Samford (Sept. 16) and defending Ohio Valley Conference champion SIU-Edwardsville (Sept. 19).

UT christens its rugged Big 12 Conference schedule on the road at Kansas State (Sept. 23) and Red River rival Oklahoma (Sept. 26) before returning to Austin for three consecutive league match-ups against defending Big 12 champion TCU (Sept. 30), Texas Tech (Oct. 3) and Iowa State (Oct. 8).

Other home league contests include visits from West Virginia (Oct. 21) and Oklahoma State (Oct. 24), while the Horns hit the road to play within the conference at Baylor (Oct. 15) and Kansas (Oct. 28).

The annual Big 12 Soccer Championship will return for the 2021 season in a new location at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas, over Oct. 31-Nov. 7. The NCAA Tournament is slated to begin with first-round action over Nov. 12-14, while the NCAA Women's College Cup is scheduled for Dec. 3-5 in San Jose, Calif.

The Longhorns are expected to return 22 players from an abbreviated 2020-21 COVID-19 campaign that saw Texas post a 7-5-0 record. Those returnees combined to account for 18-of-22 goals (82%), 18-of-21 assists (86%) and 54-of-65 total points (83%) last season.

Included among the numerous standouts returning to the Forty Acres are 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List inclusion and All-Big 12/United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region midfielder Julia Grosso (five goals, four assists, 14 points), 2020 Top Drawer Soccer No. 1 national recruit Lexi Missimo (three goals, two assists, eight points over just three 2021 spring matches) and 2020 Big 12 All-Freshman Team forward Presley Echols.

The Longhorns are also adding seven more players from a top-rated recruiting class that includes 2021 Top Drawer Soccer No. 1 national recruit Trinity Byars (forward) as well as four more Top Drawer Soccer National Top 150 signees: Tatiana Fung (No. 9 – midfielder/forward), Emily Jane (EmJ) Cox (No. 10 – center back), Ashlyn Miller (No. 105 – midfielder) and Lola Stanley (No. 131 – forward). Also joining the Texas squad as part of the class are incoming standouts Megan Hogate (goalkeeper) and Holly Ward (forward).

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