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.