UTSA put up a strong fight, but Charlotte recovered well managing the 3-2 win after a golden goal in the second half of extra-time. Despite leading at half-time the hosts managed a big comeback to win the match at Transamerica Field on Sunday afternoon.
It took just six minutes for the Roadrunners to open the scoring as senior forward Brianna Livecchi was able to score the opener. Junior defender Kaja Skare sent a pass through to Livecchi who was able to use her footwork to get through two 49ers and hit a shot in to the back of the net.
After 18 minutes the 49ers were able to level the scores through Martha Thomas, who had been threatening early on. A long ball from Rebecca Beatty found Julia Grainda, which allowed her to cut the ball back to Thomas who was left with a simple finish to equalize.
The Roadrunners got back on track and had control back in the 44th minute they were able to restore their lead just before half-time. A free-kick from defender Melissa Finley found forward Sara Gribbon who was able to get a touch on the ball from close range to make it 2-1 at half-time, scoring her first goal of the season.
It was a tight start to the second half as the two sides struggled to hit that final ball, which made chances hard to come by. That settled UTSA, with a lead, just fine as they worked hard to starve the 49ers of possession.
In the 64th minute there was another goal for Megan Greene who continued to add to her tally for Charlotte. That goal came off a corner which was sent in by Riley Orr, perfectly for Greene who headed it home to set up a thrilling finish to the match.
Charlotte finished the match strongly but couldn’t find a goal, which sent the match to extra-time. The first half of extra-time saw Charlotte again continue to dominate but in the 99th minute Nicole Galan nearly stole the win as she got a header away which was well saved by Anna Sheldon.
With just three minutes to play the match seemed to be heading to a draw, but UTSA gave away a free-kick. That allowed Orr to step up for a free-kick, finding Martha Thomas at the top of the box in enough space to get the shot away, and score the golden goal.