Moore leads Texas to Big 12 championship win
SAN ANTONIO -- Texas defender Kasey Moore scored a goal and assisted on the other as the Longhorns defeated top-seeded Texas A&M 2-1 Sunday to win their second consecutive Big 12 Conference women's soccer championship.
Texas (14-3-5) was second-seeded but earned an automatic bid for the NCAA tournament that starts Friday. The Aggies (17-3-2) are ranked No. 2 in the country and will learn Monday about an at-large bid into the tournament.
Moore, a junior from Mission Viejo, Calif., headed a corner kick from Courtney Gaines to Emily Anderson, who also headed the ball and scored just 1 minute, 12 seconds into the game.
Moore gave Texas a 2-0 lead with 33 minutes left to play when she headed a ball past A&M's Kristin Arnold after taking a free kick from her own goalie, Dianna Pfenninger. But she took a blow to the head and laid on the ground for more than a minute before the team trainer helped her to her feet.
"I had no idea it went in," Moore said. "I had to ask someone while I was on the ground if it went in. I don't know if I caught another girl's head or if I caught the [goal]keeper's fist."
The Aggies had a 12-game unbeaten streak coming into the match. They scored when Melissa Garey kicked it in with her left foot with 27 minutes left.
Despite outshooting Texas 33-8 for the match, they didn't get their best opportunity to tie until 20 seconds to go. Nicole
Ketchum's header was blocked less than 5 feet in front of the goal.
"We literally gifted them a goal [at the start of the game], and they're a solid defensive team," Aggies coach G. Guerrieri said. "We outshoot them 33-8 and we lose. That's one of the ugly facts of our game that you can lose a game like that."