AUSTIN, Texas – Following a standout 14-4-3 campaign in 2017, the Texas soccer program finished at No. 14 overall in the last United Soccer Coaches poll of the season.
The ranking in the final United Soccer Coaches Top 25 marks just the sixth for the Longhorns in school history (2008 – 18th; 2007 – 11th; 2006 – 8th; 2004 – 16th; 2002 – 14th) and the first since the conclusion of the 2008 campaign.
Picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 Conference during a preseason coaches vote, Texas raced to its best start in program history at 11-0 while climbing as high as No. 7 in the rankings on Oct. 3.
The last undefeated and untied squad in all of NCAA Division I women’s soccer, the Burnt Orange & White eventually tied the school unbeaten streak record of 13 matches by going 11-0-2 to open the campaign. On the way to a berth in the NCAA Tournament and a run to the Sweet Sixteen, the Longhorns equaled another school mark with 11 shutouts (credited to standout sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Curry), while their defense recorded the second-lowest team goals-against-average in program annals (0.72).
Individually, Texas was powered offensively by United Soccer Coaches Second-Team All-American sophomore forward Cyera Hintzen. The Garland, Texas, native led the Big 12 Conference in points (25) and match-winning goals (six) while tying for the top spot with 10 goals. Also earning United Soccer Coaches All-South Region plaudits were freshman midfielder Haley Berg (six goals, four assists, 16 points), sophomore defender Atu Mshana (played all 2,005 possible minutes) and junior midfielder Katie Glenn (five goals, three assists, 13 points).
National champion Stanford topped the final poll with UCLA (national runner-up), Duke, South Carolina and Penn State rounding out the top five. Texas was one of just three Big 12 schools to finish in the final Top 25 (West Virginia – 10th & Baylor – 11th).
Source: Daily Texas Online
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