By James Hill
The Tigers, who lost 4-1 to A&M in last year's semifinals, had a two-goal performance Wednesday by sophomore forward Alysha Bonnick. The All-Big 12 First Team player scored an unassisted goal in the 57th minute and then closed out the game with an assist from junior forward Michelle Collins at 83:17.
"We stayed strong and kept our heads up," said Bonnick, after Wednesday's win over the sixth-seeded Longhorns. "We didn't let them get to us and we were determined. We have more depth than last year. We could have only gotten better."
Bonnick, who scored her 10th and 11th goals of the season, took five shots, including three on goal. Collins accounted for two assists in the game, including the opening goal, in the 54th minute, by junior midfielder Bree Thornton.
The Longhorns (12-3-4), ranked 15th by the NSCAA, had a rally going from a 0-2 deficit. Freshman forward Courtney Goodson scored in the 64th minute, with an assist from junior defender Emily Anderson. Goodson, a member of the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team, registered her sixth goal of the season.
Both coaches referred to the windy day at Blossom.
"The wind gave us trouble in the first half," said
"We had the win and had our opportunities," Petrucelli said. "We weren't able to take advantage of those opportunities."