UTSA took on one of the contenders for the NCAA title on Sunday as they closed out the Longhorns Invitational in Austin. Unsurprisingly it was North Carolinawho ran out winners as they heavily defeated the Roadrunners 5-0.
UTSA used three goalkeepers in the match, as they took some advantage of the thrashing to really rotate their squad. Unsurprisingly the Tar Heels went for the match from the opening whistle and it took just five minutes for the opening goal to come.
Some short, sharp passing tore UTSA apart as Jessie Scarpa and Darcy McFarlane moved the ball well to create space. That allowed them to set up Summer Green who ran through clear of the UTSA defense and buried the chance.
UTSA actually managed to get a shot away in the 14th minute with Sam Batley getting in a shot but she sent her effort over the bar. That was about as good as it got for UTSA as it was very quickly for 2-0 for UNC.
In the 18th minute Green managed her brace after she received a long ball that split the UTSA defense and put her through one-on-one which made it an easy finish. Just two minutes later it was three for UNC as Alexa Newfield managed a stunning strike which left Katherine Tesno with no chance.
The Roadrunners really started to look for chances in the final 15 minutes of the half and they created some decent chances. Both Harper Luczka and Olivia Nicholls both had chances but they couldn’t trouble the keeper which kept it 3-0 at the break.
The Tar Heels continued to dominate the Roadrunners as they added to their lead in the 57th minute of the match. Yet again it was some sharp passing as Jessie Scarpa and Cameron Castleberry linked up well to create space for Alexa Newfield to take the chance and make it 4-0.
Substitutions had their typical impact on the match as they slowed things down, but it was still the Tar Heels who controlled the match. In the 72nd minute they finally wrapped things up, Castleberry sent a ball to Jessie Scarpa who was in space at the top of the box and got a good shot away to make it 5-0.
Sitting on a brace, Green was keen to try and find the goal that would give her the hat-trick as she kept on running for it. Green saw two shots denied and had to be content with two goals in the five goal win as the Tar Heels tore apart UTSA.