The Roadrunners put up a gallant fight but they could not hold on as they suffered a 2-1 extra time loss to Sam Houston State at Park West on Sunday night. UTSA still managed to show some improvement as they went more on the attack and got the goal they were so looking for.
UTSA came out determined to get the lead as they went for the match from the opening whistle, with two corners in quick succession. The goal came in the 13th minute as Sabrina Gonzalez sent a ball in for Lauren Hogdon who controlled and got a shot away, under pressure, which took a deflection, leaving the keeper stranded.
The Bearkats wet to the bench following the goal and that seemed to help their cause as they started to look more dangerous. Sam Houston State were able to create chances following the goal but they were contained well by the UTSA defense.
After looking dangerous for a long passage, Sam Houston State did finally get the goal as the half loomed. Mariah Titus found Allie Johnson who was in space, allowing her to look up and lob the ball over the defense and the keeper, making it 1-1 at the break.
Where the first half saw two strong periods of domination, one to each side, the second half was much more even. There were ebbs and flows throughout the second half as the sides traded punch and counter punch.
Both sides created plenty of opportunities as they looked to threaten and score goals but too often both sides could not stay onside. Late in the match the BearKats went for the game as they had three shots in quick succession but Katherine Tesno was up to it, keeping it scoreless and sending the match to extra time.
The extra-time period lasted seven minutes as Sam Houston State took up their momentum from full time. Titus was at it again, this time as the goalscorer after some impressive passing, gave her enough space in the box to take the chance and score the Golden Goal.