After a tough run of results, UTSA somewhat stopped the rot on Friday night as they managed a 2-2 draw with Louisiana-Lafayette. The match was the first of the Baylor hosted tournament in Waco with UTSA again forced to work hard and come from behind.
It was a perfect start for the Roadrunners as they opened the scoring in just the first minute of the match. Lauren Hodgdon saw her effort blocked but the ball fell to Sam Batley who ran in to the box and got the shot past the keeper.
Louisiana-Lafayette looked to recover from an early shock to try and get back and just eight minutes later it was level again. The goal came off a corner as Yazmin Montoya sent it in and found Kimberly Grasso who sent it to goal, through traffic and in to level the scores.
More of the possession in the half went to Louisiana-Lafayette but it was the Roadrunners who were having the better chances. In the 27th minute Batley had a corner and found Melissa Finley who could only send it over the bar.
Despite that Louisiana-Lafayette got back in control of the match and in the 39th minute they were able to hit the lead. After some good pressure, Cassandra Reyes forced the mistake and then passed the ball in for Elizabeth Manuel, who made no mistake with the one-on-one and gave ULL a half-time 2-1 lead.
Just like in the first half, UTSA started well and they found an early goal, although not quite as early as the opener. After two corners came to naught the ball fell out to Kauwela Neal who let one rip from 30 yards and beat the keeper to equalize for UTSA.
Batley was looking dangerous for the Roadrunners as she went on the attack constantly, having two good chances on the 70th minute but both were denied by some good saves from Lindsey Stocks. ULL went for the match late on, with Natalia Lebamoff looking the threat but she couldn’t find a goal as the match went to extra time.
The first period of extra time was all about physicality, with fouls flying in, neither side could really create chances. The second half was more of an end-to-end affair and Louisiana-Lafayette could have stolen it late as Reyes got a shot away but it was saved by Isabella Sanchez to seal a draw.