UTSA have been making a significant step up in the college soccer world, and the last two weeks have proven difficult. But nothing could prepare the Roadrunners for what they received on Sunday afternoon as they were torn apart by Oklahoma, losing 8-1 at OU Soccer Complex.
The match was all over after 17 minutes, as Oklahoma ran rampant in the opening stages, putting seven goals past the Roadrunners. To UTSA’s credit they kept fighting, and even avoided giving up a clean sheet as they scored in the 82nd minute.
The opening goal came in just the second minute as Lizzia Luallin did it all on her own as she beat the UTSA defense and the keeper. That was just the beginning as UTSA conceded again in the 7th minute when Liz Keester sent in a free kick for Paige Welch who sent it home to double the lead.
It didn’t take long for the third goal to come, just three minutes as Katherine Tesno was caught rushing out for the ball. That opportunity was seized by Anna Crawford who set up Emily Parker for the goal, recovering after an earlier blocked shot.
Going to the bench, the Roadrunners tried to stop the bleeding but barely over one minute later it was already four. Just past the 11th minute Keester and Crawford linked up well, which created the space for Keester to find Caren Nelson, who made no mistake in making it 4-0.
In the 14th minute it became five as the attack from Oklahoma was relentless, the Roadrunners may have thought they got a stay of execution when Keester’s shot came off the crossbar. But the rebound fell perfectly as Nelson got on the end of it and scored two goals in a row, this one with a simple tap-in.
On the 16th minute it became six as Parker also sealed her brace, bookending the Nelson goals, doing all the work to find the back of the net. Just 95 seconds later OU had their seventh, after three substitutions from UTSA there was uncertainty in the back, which was exploited by Crawford and Luallin to set up Caren for a 17 minute hat-trick.
Conceding seven goals in 17 minutes was too much for Katherine Tesno and she was pulled from the match after the seventh goal went in. That brought Isabella Sanchez in to goal for the Roadrunners and she had a much better time of it.
Things seemed to calm down but in the 28th minute it could well have been eight as Keester had another chance. After already having one effort denied she let one rip but again she could not beat the crossbar.
The crossbar made its third save of the night as the match headed to halftime when UTSA had their best chance of the match. It fell to Harper Luczka who beat the keeper, but not the woodwork as the sides went to the break with OU 7-0 up.
The second half couldn’t possibly have been worse for UTSA but in the 59th minute they conceded yet again. Chelsea Jackson sent in a cross for Victoria Bowman who headed home the eighth goal for Oklahoma.
Now with an eight goal lead, Oklahoma really let off, and that allowed UTSA the opportunity that they were looking for. It was another goal for Savannah Struck for the year as she worked hard to find space and shot powerfully to pull a goal back and make it 8-1.
The crossbar was not finished however, as a fourth shot of the match came off the bar in the 85th minute. This time it was Emily Parker denied for Oklahoma who won the match 8-1, one of UTSA’s biggest regular season defeats.