Roadrunners Thumped in Season Finale

UTSA’s season ended in what has been typical fashion for the 2015 season as they fell to a 4-0 loss to Rice on Thursday. Rice managed the win in comprehensive fashion at Rice Soccer Complex as they tore UTSA apart.

An error from UTSA allowed Rice to open the scoring supremely early, as a steal gave Rice the opportunity in the fifth minute. Dominique Mazero stole possession in midfield and ran in on goal, sending it past the keeper to open the scoring.

Rice remained on the attack, but the UTSA defense was proving strong to deny the Owls attacks. That could well have come to an end in the 25th minute when Lauren Hughes got a header away which beat the keeper but came off the crossbar.

The crossbar again denied Rice in the 34th minute as Madeline Lundberg’s shot came down off the bar. But that rebound fell to Nia Stallings, who was left in front of the goal, and scored with a simple finish to double the lead.

It was a stellar night for the crossbar which made its third save of the night in the 44th minute. This time it was UTSA who were denied as Sam Batley was able to get a shot away, which seemed destined for the net, but was denied by the crossbar, keeping it 2-0 at halftime.

The Roadrunners came out from the break determined to get back in to the match and Brianna Livecchi was looking dangerous. Livecchi went on the attack, having two early chances but some solid goalkeeping kept the match 2-0.

Rice started to take control again after the 50th minute, but yet again the crossbar was on hand to keep the match 2-0. This time it denied Holly Hargreaves whose effort was well taken but couldn’t beat the goal.

It was a good job from the UTSA defense throughout much of the second half as they kept Rice in check. But they struggled to create offensively, something which has been a problem all season.

Forced to push players forward which allowed the Owls space to exploit on the counter attack, which they duly took. In the 75th minute Danielle Spriggs to hit a powerful cross, which found Darcy Mickalow who headed it home powerfully to make it three.

Rice sealed the four goal win when Marissa Topolski found Annie Walker with a cross, allowing Walker to head it home powerfully for 4-0. The result keeps Rice in with a shot of getting the number two seed while UTSA are now all but sealed as last place in the conference.


UIW fall to UVU

UTSA Manage draw to close home Season

UTSA managed to salvage something from their final home match of the season as they managed a 1-1 draw against Charlotte at Park West on Sunday afternoon. The result does little to help the Roadrunners chances but keeps their hopes of lifting off the bottom of the Conference USA standings before the end of the season.

A late goal from Harper Luczka, the first in her collegiate career, sent the match to extra-time and the weather was certainly a factor. After the edges of Hurricane Patricia affected San Antonio on Friday and Saturday the wind was still around making things hard for both sides to score.

The wind was blowing at 20 miles per hour, which made life difficult for both sides, although the team kicking in to the wind tended to be the better side. That was Charlotte in the first half and they were looking the much stronger side throughout that opening 45 minutes.

Martha Thomas was looking the dangerous player for Charlotte, while for UTSA it was Channing Machen but the keepers were up to the task. Isabella Sanchez was impressive making three solid saves for the Roadrunners in the opening 15 minutes.

Charlotte finally broke through on the half-hour mark and there was nothing that Sanchez could do to stop this one. Thomas was able to set up Rebecca Beatty at the top of the box, and in space, which allowed her to shoot powerfully past Sanchez to open the scoring.

The Roadrunners looked to respond to going behind, and they had the better chances in the final half-hour. But Abby Coffey was in form in the Charlotte goal, which kept the match 1-0 at half-time but momentum was heading UTSA’s way.

That momentum vanished at the start of the second half as Charlotte were determined to come out and double their lead. But wasteful finishing was punishing Charlotte with Victoria Fubara being particularly guilty of wastefulness.

But as the match rolled on UTSA were able to push on and look more dangerous as they sought an equalizer, seeking more chances. Both sides changed their goalkeepers for the second half but it was only Charlotte’s Annika McHenry who was well tested.

With five minutes to play UTSA were finally able to hit the equalizer that their play throughout the half deserved. Brianna Livecchi crossed the ball in for Sam Batley who saw the ball fall for Luczka who was able to tap in the equalizer which pushed the match to extra-time.

In the 95th minute Charlotte went agonizingly close to sealing the game, after earlier not converting a corner. This chance came from Perri Bonner who got the shot away and beat Gonzalez but it bounced off the post allowing UTSA to clear.

The second half of extra-time was much more defensive as neither side really wanted to lose the match. The Roadrunners had the best chance of the half as Britt Von Schneidau got a header away but her effort was saved by Annika McHenry to keep it 1-1 at full time.

Extra Time Sees UTSA fall to Old Dominion

UTSA came from 2-0 behind, but it was all for naught as they fell in double-overtime to Old Dominion on Friday night. Old Dominion got the winner in the 102nd minute thanks to a Grace Haverly headed golden goal.

After a stuttered start to the match, Old Dominion got control first and in the 20th minute they had the opening goal. Deirdre Bradley found space from 30 yards out, which allowed her to shoot powerfully, leaving the keeper no chance.

Old Dominion continued on the attack, but the Roadrunners defense was proving difficult to break down. But that all changed in the 32nd minute when Old Dominion were able to double their lead as Maddison Hogan tapped in a rebound.

That would be all for the first half and UTSA were forced to come out and go for it in the second half. It took them just nine minutes to get back in to the match as a turnover allowed Brianna Livechi to get in and send it past the keeper to make it 2-1.

That was a good and quick passage for the Roadrunners and before the hour mark they were back on level terms. Kauwela Neal found space 30 yards and hit a powerful ball past the keeper for the equalizer.

Now with momentum, UTSA were determined to go for it and they started to have more and more chances. But the Old Dominion defense was determined to keep the Roadrunners out and worked hard to achieve that.

The Roadrunners had the better of the second half, having plenty of chances, but they just could not break through the ODU defense. That would send the match in to extra-time, in a sign of good progress for UTSA.

The first half of extra-time was dominated by UTSA as they saw so much of the ball, but they couldn’t convert their chances. The best chances for the Roadrunners came off Sam Batley corners but they couldn’t put those chances away, keeping it 2-2.

Old Dominion could have wrapped the match up in the 102nd minute when the ball was crossed in. That cross found Kira Laurento who got a header away but could only find the crossbar, keeping it level.

But not even one minute later ODU were able to wrap up the match as Thyla Peterson was able to send in another cross. That ball found Grace Haverly who headed it home, resulting in a heartbreaking loss for UTSA.

Comsos Avenge 2014 Playoff Loss

After the heavy rain on Saturday, the Scorpions and the New York Cosmos finally did battle on Sunday afternoon. The wind definitely stuck around and that was making any crosses or log balls difficult but it was New York who dealt well with conditions and won 2-1.

The Scorpions started the match well, seeing more of the ball and of the few chances created in the opening 15 minutes. But they couldn’t take full advantage as New York’s defense did enough to keep the Scorpions at bay.

As the half wore on the Cosmos got more and more in to the match, showing why they were sitting in a playoff position. But the Scorpions defense lived up to their opportunity to defend and did it well, cutting out the dangerous crosses to keep it scoreless.

Momentum swung back to the Scorpions in the latter stages of the half and in the 43rd minute Billy Forbes celebrated winning the Crocketteers Garrison (player of the year) award in perfect fashion. He muscled his way through, getting on the end of a through ball and slotted it past the keeper perfectly to give the Scorpions a 1-0 lead at half-time.

New York came out determined to hit a goal after the break but the Scorpions defense was proving strong. But aided by a tail wind, the Cosmos just kept on the attack and in the 62nd minute a penalty gave them the opportunity.

The penalty was taken by veteran, Marcos Senna and he used all that experience to send Daniel Fernandes the wrong way and score. Fernandes originally made a move to his left but opted to move right, allowing Senna to simply pass the ball in to the back of the net to Fernandes’ left.

The Scorpions felt aggrieved at the penalty award and they used the energy from that disappointment to go for the match. But playoff bound New York were looking to get in to some good form, with just one more round remaining before the playoffs.

In the 78th minute New York got that goal they were looking for as they received a free-kick opportunity in range. With Raul off the field, the opportunity came to Ayoze, who fooled everyone, curling it in to the back of the net with Fernandes moving well late.

It should have been three in the 87th minute as a missed clearance from the Scorpions allowed Andres Flores the opportunity. He was clean through with the keeper but his effort was off the post and then well saved by Fernandes, but it mattered little as the Cosmos still claimed the win.

Impending Storm can’t stop UIW men

St Marys win sets up Grandstand Finish in Heartland Conference

St. Mary’s Women’s Soccer has created one heck of finish to the season at the Heartland Conference as they managed a 3-0 win over Newman at Sigma Beta Chi field on Thursday night. That win sees the Rattlers remain level with Lubbock Christian while Dallas Baptist and St. Edward’s are all within one win of the top, with two matches to play.

That may see Lubbock Christian as favorites to take the regular season title as they have the easiest schedule. St. Mary’s will have to play both Dallas Baptist and St. Edward’s next week and will need to win both matches to secure the title.

It was all St. Mary’s in the first half, as they had all of the ball and almost all of the chances but they just couldn’t put them away. The Rattlers were the dominant side throughout the match but in the first 15 minutes Newman were keeping them at bay.

It took a long time coming but the Rattlers finally hit the goal that they so deserved in the 29th minute. Brittany Lacek sent a ball to set up Kristal Williams, who drew out the goalkeeper, allowing her to play it around the keeper and in to the back of the net.

That allowed St. Mary’s to start to rotate players as they sat on their 1-0 lead, but still managed to find a goal in the 40th minute. A corner allowed the opportunity and it was a clever move from Natalie Rodriguez, as they tricked the Jets defense and dribbled it in before burying the chance.

That was enough to make it 2-0 at the break as St Mary’s late goal in the half, had them firmly in charge of the match. That allowed the Rattlers to easily keep the chances away from Newman, as they controlled the match defensively.

Newman were stifled by the stern defense from St. Mary’s, which limited their chances, but the Rattlers themselves struggled. Chances were few and far between in the second half as neither side really created many chances.

In the 85th minute the match was well and truly wrapped up as St. Mary’s had their third goal of the night. The ball was sent in by Alexandra Pearson for Heather Dawson who slammed it home to give St. Mary’s the 3-0 win and keep them top.

Scoreless Draw Ends Scorpions Hopes

Despite managing an impressive shut out on the road, the San Antonio Scorpions title defense has finally officially come to an end. The scoreless draw with Fort Lauderdale in Florida on Wednesday night was not enough as they needed a win to stay alive.

In truth, the Scorpions season has been effectively over for a number of weeks, but now even with a win in every remaining match they won’t qualify. It was still an impressive effort for the Scorpions but it all came to naught as the season is over, but may now allow some fringe players who haven’t secured 2016 contracts to play for the remainder of the 2016 season.

It was a solid first half from the Scorpions as they were able to control the match, having the bulk of the possession and the chances. Kris Tyrpak was again a key outlet for the Scorpions, really laying down a marker for a 2016 contract.

In the 31st minute the Scorpions had their best chance of the match as Tyrpak squared the ball for Billy Forbes who hit a powerful volley. David Meves got his arm to the ball and deflected it up in to the air allowing Meves to recover it.

On the very next attacking play from the Scorpions they had another good chance and again it was a Tyrpak, Forbes combination. This time, the roles were reversed as Forbes sent in a ball for Tyrpak but the Strikers defense got back well to clear it, which kept it scoreless at the break.

The second half saw things shift, as Fort Lauderdale had much more of the ball and looked to really wrap up their place in the playoffs. But they just could not get past Daniel Fernandes who had a phenomenal performance in goal again for the Scorpions.

Just after the hour mark Fernandes came up big to deny Stefano the goal as the Scorpions defense came apart big time. That left Stefano wide open, leaning him with a simple shot from 10 yards out, attempting to chip the keeper but Fernandes just managed to knock the ball away with his hand.

That would be the highlight of the half, as Fort Lauderdale struggled to trouble San Antonio’s defense which kept it scoreless. But the scoreless draw was not enough for the Scorpions as their season has ended as they needed to win out.

Rough Season Continues as Roadrunners Fall to Louisiana Tech

The tough season continued for UTSA soccer on Sunday evening as they fell to Louisiana Tech 2-0 at the Techsters Soccer Complex. A goal in each half was enough for LA Tech to get the win that sees UTSA slipping away.

It was an horrific start to the night as Louisiana Tech opened the scoring just three minutes in to the match. The ball came in to Lisanne Kieygrewe who found Kathryn Sioan, allowing her to get a shot away which took a deflection, redirecting it in to the back of the net.

That didn’t stop Louisiana Tech from going on the attack as they continued to attack and create chances. But the UTSA defence was coming on strongly after that initial error and got stuck in, denying LA Tech clear chances.

UTSA had a good chance late in the half as Lauren Hodgson did well to get a shot away. But Louisiana Tech were determined to not concede as Kylee Soto made a great save to keep it 1-0 at half-time.

Louisiana Tech came out from the break determined to double their lead as they came out creating plenty of chances. But UTSA were let off the hook as the shooting was consistently off target.

But UTSA failed to take advantage of those missed opportunities as the LA Tech defense did well to keep UTSA’s chances down. But as long as the match was just a one goal deficit the Roadrunners seemed to have a chance.

In the 79th minute those hopes of a comeback were dashed as Lousiana Tech were able to make it two. Mylene Roy-Ouellet sent in a cross for Monica Gebler who was able to bury it and hand LA Tech the win.

There was one last chance for UTSA in the 82nd minute as Channing Machen was able to get a shot away. But that effort went wide of goal, across the face, keeping it 2-0 at the final whistle.

Great Goalkeeping Display Sees Scorpions Fall to Ottawa

Daniel Fernandes makes an impressive save
Daniel Fernandes makes an impressive save
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