The weekend in sports:
Austin FC lost Sunday in the Western Conference Finals at Los Angeles FC 3-0. Austin entered halftime of Sunday’s game down just 1-0, but the team’s mere seven shots on goal and own goal kept the game out of reach. While Austin won’t be competing for the MLS Cup next week, players and fans should keep their heads high following an extraordinary season. Head coach Josh Wolff and MVP candidate Sebastián Driussi led the Verde and Black to a dramatic turnaround from the franchise’s lackluster inaugural season. The future is very bright for Austin’s newest soccer team.
No. 17 Texas soccer kicked off its Big 12 Championship run with a shutout win over Kansas State. The Longhorns beat the Wildcats 4-0, highlighted with a header goal by sophomore EmJ Cox, and Texas continued to show why they’re the Big 12’s best and among the best in the nation. The Longhorns, who are the No. 1 seed in the tournament, will face Oklahoma State Thursday at 4:30 at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex.
The Astros defeated the Phillies 5-2 in Game 2 of the World Series tying the series up at 1-1. While the Astros blew their 5-0 lead on the Phillies in Game 1, they held on to their lead Saturday. The Astros’ All-Star left-hander Framber Valdez pitched another dominant playoff game where he allowed just one run and four hits in just over six innings. Houston now enters a three-game road stretch in Philadelphia, and if the Astros want to return for another home game, they’ll need to win at least one on the road. Game 3 is Monday night at 7:03.
From Austin to the NFL
Former Westlake and University of Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger earned his first career NFL start Sunday. The Austin product and current starter for the Indianapolis Colts fell to the Washington Commanders 17-16, but the rookie’s performance was encouraging including multiple impressive passes on the run. Ehlinger even connected with his former Westlake teammate, Kylen Granson, multiple times. Colts head coach Frank Reich announced last Monday that Ehlinger would be Indianapolis’ starter moving forward as he replaces Matt Ryan. While the move was surprising, and the Colts lost, Ehlinger is now the lead man in Indy as he progresses into a true starting role.
Lake Travis’ Garrett Wilson made another splash Sunday in the NFL. The New York Jets wide receiver racked up 115 yards receiving on six receptions. While the Jets ended up losing 22-17 to the New England Patriots, Wilson’s performance marks his second game eclipsing the 100-yard mark. The rookie from Ohio State is the clear No. 1 target for the Jets and quarterback Zack Wilson as the team continues to fight in a tough AFC East division.
Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.
There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.
All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.
🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway