Texas downs Iowa State to move up in Big 12 standings


Texas got a massive boost in the Big 12 standings on Friday morning thanks to a 3-2 win over Iowa State.

Julia Grosso scored in the first half for the Longhorns, while Mackenzie McFarland and Haley Berg got on the scoresheet in the second half to help Texas win their 10th game of the season and move into second place in the conference standings.

"Today was going to be cold and extremely windy, and I knew it was going to be ugly," Texas head coach Angela Kelly said. "The most important thing is the three points. It was really tough conditions for both teams, but I'm pleased we were able to come out on top."

The game was originally supposed to be played on Thursday night but was postponed until Friday morning thanks to rain and lightning in the Austin area.

"They gave me time and space on the ball," Grosso said. "Usually, teams are man-marking more. They were giving me space to flow. They were marking our holding mid and our attacking mid, which made it easier for me to get on the ball."

The Longhorns dominated the first half, outshooting the Cyclones 16-6. They missed some opportunities, as two of their five shots on goal bounced off the post and another shot doinked off the crossbar.

Grosso opened the scoring in the 24th minute with her eighth goal of the season for Texas, slicing through the middle of the Iowa State defense and sending a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Iowa State answered back just over 10 minutes later. The Longhorns turned the ball over deep in their zone before Tavin Hays finished a one-on-one breakaway from about 14 yards out.

"We knew we needed a sense of urgency and we knew Iowa State has been in every single match they've played," Kelly said. "Typically, it's a little more one-sided when there are (high winds). It wasn't as prevailing a wind, it was just a bothersome wind."

Texas dominated possession early in the second half, and McFarland was in the right place at the right time and poked in a failed Iowa State clearance in the 65th minute.

Berg scored what would turn out to be the game-winner a little more than 10 minutes later when she took one touch to get around an Iowa State defender and scored her eighth of the year.

Iowa State pulled one back with a goal in the final minute of the game.

Texas closes out the home schedule against No. 17 Texas Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. and finishes up the regular season on the road against Oklahoma next Thursday night.

"We just need to stay focused," Grosso said. "Even in this game, we could've had more of a laser focus. It's going to be a hard match on Sunday, but we'll be ready."

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