UIW men Open Season With big win

Jonathan Camarena gets a shot away
Jonathan Camarena gets a shot away
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St. Mary’s Defeat OLLU in San Antonio Derby

OLLU look to keep possession against St. Mary's
OLLU look to keep possession against St. Mary’s
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Mean Green too Good for Cardinals

The Cardinals stepped up their standard of opposition and with it they saw their perfect start to the season come to an end at Benson Stadium on Friday night. It was North Texas who handed UIW their first defeat as they won the match 2-0.

North Texas are narrowly outside of the top 25, and looked to stamp their NCAA championship credentials. The Mean Green would hold a ranking of 37th if they ranked beyond the top 25 and that showed the task that was ahead of UIW.

It was all Mean Green in the early going as they were able to create plenty of chances, yet their wastefulness was proving frustrating. Set pieces were proving the main outlet for UNT but Karla Pineda’s service was just not quite hitting its mark.

UNT really controlled the possession throughout the first half as UIW saw barely any of the ball in a tough match. Mean Green outshot the Cardinals 10-1 in a dominant first half but they just could not find a goal with UIW grateful to go in to the break scoreless.

But that all changed almost immediately after the break as North Texas hit the lead in the very first minute of the second half. A Pineda through ball was perfectly weighted for Taylor Torres, which enabled her to get through one-on-one with the keeper, a chance she gleefully took to open the scoring.

Mean Green continued to attack and in the 54th minute they were able to double their lead, and again it was Pineda. This goal came from a set piece as she was able to send the corner in for Marchelle Davis who leapt highest and headed it home.

That forced UIW to go for the match, but their play was often broken up by some tactical fouls from UNT. That seemed to work as the Cardinals struggled to really create many clear cut chances throughout the match.

In the 74th minute it could well have been 3-0 as Pineda sent in another fantastic corner. This corner found Molly Grisham who jumped to get the header away but was denied by a great Heather Kowalik save which kept the final score at 2-0.

Rain Delay Leads to Scoreless Draw

Omar Cummings looks to beat his defender
Omar Cummings looks to beat his defender
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UTSA Fall in Eight Goal Thriller

It was a match full of attack as UTSA played their first match at the Texas Longhorns invitational, but they just could not get it done. The Roadrunners fought back well but in the end it wasn’t enough as they fell, 5-3 to Abilene Christian in Austin on Friday night.

UTSA got off to the best possible start as they opened the scoring after just two minutes. Melissa Finley did well to get a cross away and found Sam Batley, she shot, but saw it saved, not deterred she ran on to the rebound and tapped it home to make it 1-0.

But ACU responded perfectly and just five minutes later they were back on level terms after a frantic start to the match. Sophie Standifer sent the ball in and found Natalie Throneberry who was able to tuck it away from close range.

There was plenty of possession for UTSA as they looked to try and get in on the ACU defense but their timing was off. Too often the Roadrunners were caught offside which effectively ruined any built up chances.

As the half wore on it was Abilene Christian who were looking the more likely side to make something happen. They edged the possession through the final 20 minutes, but they couldn’t break through as the sides went to the break level at one.

It took just three minutes in to the second half for ACU to have their second and again Standifer was involved. This time she did it all on her own, as she beat her defender and was left with a simple one-on-one which she duly buried to make it 2-1.

It was quickly three for ACU as they scored again in the 55th minute and it was a well taken strike. Maria Gomez played the ball in for Lindsey Jones, who controlled and was left with a tough angle but still did just enough to get it past the keeper.

Now two goals down, the Roadrunners were forced to act and not long after the hour mark they found a goal to get back in to the match. Lauren Hogdon found space out wide and sent in a perfect cross for Savannah Struck who struck it sweetly, too well for the keeper.

Just two minutes later UTSA were back on level terms after another superb cross, this time from Cailey Elder. The cross found Olivia Nicholls who got a shot away, that shot took a deflection, but it was not enough to stop the goal and make it 3-3.

But less than one minute later ACU were back in front after a great run from Kate Seay. Seay tore apart the UTSA defense, running through the defenders to get in to close range and made no mistake with the finish, 4-3.

With 20 minutes to play Abilene Christian wrapped things up thanks to a stunning goal as Megan Bayer found space on the edge of the box. That allowed her to hit a powerful shot which left the keeper with no chance, giving ACU the 5-3 win.

OLLU Women Forced to Settle for Draw in Season Opener

OLLU Women
OLLU Women
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UTSA Fall in Extra Time to SHSU

UTSA attempt to get around the SHSU defense
UTSA attempt to get around the SHSU defense
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UIW Claim First Ever UTRGV Tournament win

UIW celebrate a goal
UIW celebrate a goal
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Home Comforts Lift Scorpions off Bottom

NASL Fall Season 2015: San Antonio Scorpions v Jacksonville Armada-slide0
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Little Hat-trick Ends Dash Hopes

Water impedes the progress of both teams
Water impedes the progress of both teams
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