UTSA managed a big win in their Conference USA match and hopes for the season as they beat University of North Texas 3-0. The Roadrunners dominated, getting their first win against UNT since 2008 on Sunday afternoon at Park West Athletics Complex.
The result is UTSA’s first clean sheet of 2016 through a strong goalkeeping display from the Roadrunners two goalkeepers. Hannah Weisse and Isabella Sanchez combined for five saves in a match the Roadrunners dominated.
For UTSA it is an especially significant result, as Mean Green had received votes in the top 25 poll, putting UTSA as close as they’ve ever been to beating a ranked opponent. Unsurprisingly UNT started the match well, looking to attack the Roadrunners earning three corners in 14 minutes.
Despite that early domination from UNT it was UTSA who took the lead in the 14th minute after some solid service from Weisse. The long clearance from the keeper fell for Brianna Livecchi who controlled and then beat the keeper for a shock opener.
That encouraged UTSA, who continued to control the match for the remainder of the first half, getting eight shots away. But the UNT defense did well, holding out the Roadrunners to keep it down to just 1-0 at the break.
The second half started as a tight affair, with UNT determined to get back to level terms but the UTSA defense holding out well. It did not take long for UTSA to really take back charge of the match, restoring their control of possession.
With a little over 20 minutes to play, UTSA had their second goal, the winner off of a Channing Machen corner kick. Machen sent her corner to the near post, finding Olivia Nicholls who was able to head it home.
Eight minutes from time, the Roadrunners wrapped up their three goal win after UNT gave up a penalty thanks to a handball in the box. That allowed Kaja Skare to step up and bury the penalty to seal the big UTSA win.