A golden goal crushed UTSA on Friday night as they fell to a 2-1 extra-time defeat to Marshall at Park West. The winning goal came five minutes in to extra-time and was perhaps a harsh result for a Roadrunners defense that did so well to hold on.
The Marshall offense was always the more dominant, and in that respect the result may be a fair reflection of the game. Marshall outshot the Roadrunners 19-6 as they created far more chances but a solid performance from the UTSA defense kept the match tight.
Marshall started the match well, with Ashley Seltzer looking lively and keen for goals, but she couldn’t break through. Seltzer’s early chances were no match for Katherine Tesno who was in form in goal and did well to keep the match scoreless in the early going.
Those missed chances would haunt Marshall as UTSA opened the scoring, with one heck of a fresh impact from fresh substitute Harper Luczka. Makalya Smith linked up with Luczka who was able to use her first touch to send in a ball to Sam Batley, at close range allowing her a simple finish to give UTSA a win.
That would be enough for UTSA to take a lead in to the break but Marshall came out determined to get back on level terms. Before the hour mark they did just that as Sydney Arnold sent in a cross for Brittany Entz, sending it just out of the reach of the keeper.
The bulk of the possession and chances was going to Marshall but they could not break through as the UTSA defense was proving resilient. That saw the match stay 1-1 as the clock ran down, sending the match to extra-time.
Half way through the first extra-time period it was all over, as Marshall’s pressure finally told. The Roadrunners gave too much space to Erin Simmons and she punished them, shooting from 30 yards, past Tesno to win the match 3-1.