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.