UTSA’s season has continued to see the Roadrunners lose matches they probably should have won as they fell to Houston on Sunday night. The Cougars managed a 2-0 win, despite their clear disadvantage in the shot count and pleased their fans at the Carl Lewis Complex.
This was the final non-conference game from the Roadrunners as they rounded out their pre-season slate 4-5. The Roadrunners dominated the shot count 17-4 as they controlled the match but the one statistic that matters was won by Houston.
Houston started well, getting away a shot early but from there on in the first half it was all UTSA, as the Cougars were unable to get a shot away beyond the first four minutes. The Roadrunners managed eight shots throughout the first half but they were unable to get the ball in to the back of the net.
In the 39th minute UTSA was just inches away from scoring the opening goal when their forward Olivia Nicholls got a shot away. Nicholls effort beat the keeper but it could only bounce back off the crossbar, letting the Cougars off and sending the teams in to the break scoreless.
After that let off Houston opened the scoring in the sixth minute of the second half after Margo McEntire was able to set up Vanessa Almaguer. It was just their second opportunity of the match and Almaguer was able to bury that opportunity.
It took just one minute for Houston to double their lead after they quickly regathered possession from the Roadrunners. It would be a top class finish from Desiree Bowen who was able to chip the keeper past UTSA to double the Cougars lead.
That then allowed the Cougars to sit back and allow the Roadrunners to run at them, with UTSA having nine shots in the rest of the half. The Houston defense was strong throughout the remainder of the second half easily stopping UTSA, to seal the match 2-0.