Jordyn Lacy Claims Conference USA All Freshman Team Honors

As the conference tournament season has arrived in college soccer, so has the award season as each conference begins giving out their annual awards. UTSA received just their second ever Conference USA All-Freshman Team awardee in Jordyn Lacy who was awarded on Tuesday.

Lacy was placed in the All-Freshman team after being 14th in the league on points with 15 points coming from five goals and five assists. Lacy’s contributions to UTSA have been vital as two of those goals have been game winners.

The 2016 has been UTSA’s best season since 2011, and their best since joining Conference-USA, with Lacy’s five goals proving vital. In 2016 UTSA recorded their most goals, assists, and wins in five years, holding their best ever Conference-USA record.

Lacy came to UTSA as the number one high school player in her native New Mexico after excelling in Albuquerque. Lacy continued that form in UTSA as she was one of the stars, excelling in attack for the Roadrunners.

In conference play Lacy managed two goals with three assists, her assists count making her the equal highest on the UTSA squad. Lacy was awarded the offensive player of the week in September 26th as her collegiate career was getting off to a good start.

Lacy scored twice in UTSA’s win against Middle Tennessee when she won player of the week honors, to boost her case. She went further, recording two assists against Rice and was able to make another assist against UAB to cap the week.

Lacy is the first Roadrunner to win the award since 2013 when goalkeeper Emma Makela was on the team.

Two Late Goals see UTSA Fall to WKU

WKU celebrate a goal (Photo: WKU Athletics)

The conference leaders proved too much for UTSA as they fell to a 2-0 loss to WKU in Bowling Green on Thursday night. It was a gallant fight from the Roadrunners who only fell late on in the match, conceding two late galls to fall to the defeat.

Unsurprisingly, WKU dominated most of the statistics, although UTSA certainly made it tighter than the Conference USA leaders would have expected. The best defense in the league still conceded seven shots in a very encouraging performance from the Roadrunners.

There was an early shot from each team in the early going but both those early efforts were blocked by some good defending. UTSA’s defense took a hit in the seventh minute when Alexis Alaniz took a yellow card, tying her hands for physical challenges for the rest of the match.

Following that early frenzy of attack, the match settled with WKU dominating the match, controlling the possession. The UTSA defense was doing well to get stuck in, flying their bodies in the way to block the chances and keep it scoreless.

The Roadrunners came back in the final 15 minutes of the half with Olivia Nicholls and Channing Machen looking the main outlets. Despite that they could not get past Allison Leone who did well in the WKU goal to keep it scoreless at half-time.

WKU came out from the half determined to get the opening goal as they were dominating the early proceedings. Hannah Weisse and Dee Dee Green linked up well as they were able to create several opportunities through the opening ten minutes.

The UTSA defense was holding out well, under heavy pressure from WKU, who had nine corners in the second half. Those efforts were taken by Green but the Roadrunners consistently cleared the shots away well.

In the 88th minute resistance finally broke down after another corner from Green finally unlocked the Roadrunners defense. The ball ended up loose in front of goal before WKU forward Sarah Gorham capitalized and poked it home.

Just one minute later WKU wrapped up the win, with UTSA committed forward trying to pull a goal back. That allowed a swift counter attack as Hannah Cady released Iris Dunn who ran clean through on the goalkeeper and buried the chance to seal the 2-0 win.

UTSA Hold on for win Over UAB

UTSA managed a vital conference victory on Sunday afternoon as they defeated UAB 2-1 in a big conference match. The Roadrunners defeated the Blazers with a strong performance from BBVA Compass Field.

The match went back and forward between the two teams, first with UTSA controlling things, with Kaja Skare looking dangerous. Following that UAB had chances of their own, but like UTSA they could not convert.

After that tight start to the match, the Roadrunners was able to open the scoring in the 20th minute through Brianna Livecchi. A corner from Jordyn Lacy was poorly cleared by the Blazers, leading to a loose ball in the box, which allowed Livecchi to pounce.

For the rest of the half UAB was controlling possession and having the bulk of the goal scoring opportunities. But despite that, UTSA held out and was able to go to the break ahead by one, but with UAB pushing.

The Roadrunners started the second half well, attacking at the Blazers defense and having the early chances. In the 65th minute they broke through for their second as Melissa Finley’s ball in to the box bounced around, falling for Camrynne Hoover who easily buried the chance.

That forced UAB to go on the offense, and they started getting more shots away, but Isabella Sanchez was proving solid in the UTSA goal. As the Blazers continued attacking they started to go to their bench, bringing back their front line strikers after they took a break for a rest.

Seven minutes from time the Blazers pulled a goal back in to the match as Amy Brewer sent a through ball for Megan Hudgens. That allowed Hudgens to shoot across the face and in to the back of the net to set up an entertaining finish. Despite that the Blazers couldn’t find a second goal, which saw things end with UTSA claiming a vital 2-1 win.

UTSA Manage big win Over UNT

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.

 

Golden Goal Condemns UTSA to Loss in Charlotte

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.

UTSA Forward Jordyn Lacy Wins Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week

After a strong two goal performance, Jordyn Lacy won the Confrerence USA Offensive Player of the Week award. The award was given by the league office on Monday afternoon, on the back of UTSA’s 3=1 win over Middle Tennessee.

The Roadrunners overcame a 1-0 deficit against the Blue Raiders on Saturday evening at Park West in their only match of the week. Lacy was vital in that, managing a brace as she lead UTSA to the victory in her first ever Conference USA match.

Lacy scored the equalizer in the 15th minute after an early goal gave the Blue Raiders the lead, and that goal helped push the Roadrunners forward. That goal gave the Roadrunners momentum which they used to take the lead.

In the second half Lacy scored her second goal and was credited with the game winner in the 53rd minute. That second goal held up to give UTSA a 3-1 win, which gave them their first ever win in a Conference USA opener and their fifth ever league opening win.

The award is the first time that Lacy has won a weekly honor from Conference USA and she joins her class mate Katieann Lochte. Lochte won the first Offensive Player of the Week award in August 22nd after her first ever collegiate match.

UTSA get Conference Season off to Perfect Start

UTSA has got their conference play off to a perfect start as they managed a dramatic 3-2 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday night at Park West Athletic Complex. Forward Jordyn Lacey was the star, scoring twice in the conference opening victory.

It was a largely dominant performance from UTSA as they were controlling much of the match with the score line perhaps flattering Middle Tennessee. Despite the Roadrunners domination, Selara Jordan opened the scoring for the Blue Raiders in the fifth minute.

Ten minutes later the Roadrunners were able to get an equalizer as they earned a corner quickly. That allowed midfielder Marianne Hernandez to send in a ball for Lacy, who easily headed home the goal to make it 1-1.

The shot count was all UTSA as the Roadrunners peppered the Middle Tennessee goal with shots throughout the first half. That saw UTSA lead 11-3 in the shot count, but at half-time the score was only 1-1.

As the second half got started in the second half as they controlled the match from the opening minutes. Just four minutes in to the second half UTSA forward Brianna Livecchi was able to get through the Middle Tennessee defense with a strong run and beat the keeper with a good shot.

Just four minutes after taking the lead UTSA doubled their advantage through some good link-up play from midfielder Channing Machen and defender Kaja Skare. That created space for Lacy to run in to and easily score the goal.

With a two goal deficit Middle Tennessee pushed to fins a goal and with just over half an hour to play a series of corners saw the Blue Raiders pull a goal back. On the third corner, Abbie Brown swung it in for Jordan who headed home the goal.

Goalkeeper Michelle Cole was impressive in the Roadrunners goal, making two big saves late on to give the Roadrunners the win. That put the Roadrunners back at .500 seeing their total record at 5-5 and a 1-0 conference record.

Roadrunners out play Houston but Still Lose

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.

UTSA Attack well but fall to Houston Baptist

UTSA managed to have more shots than Houston Baptist in their match at Sorrels Field on Sunday night, but they still fell to a 2-0 loss. The Huskies were just far more clinical than the Roadrunners and that gave them the win, handing UTSA their first loss of the season.

It was the first home match of the season for Houston Baptist and they were determined to get their fans in to the match early. The opening goal took just ten minutes when Sabriah Spencer was able to play through Ellee Hall who easily sent it past Isabella Sanchez in the UTSA goal.

That forced the Roadrunners to go for the match, and they went on the attack trying to pull back in to the match. They had six shots throughout the first-half but they could not break down the strong HBU defense with Alanis Guevara having a strong performance in the Huskies goal.

The second half saw UTSA keep their attack going, with wasteful finishing really haunting the Roadrunners. Despite having nine corners, the Roadrunners still couldn’t find the back of the net, as they too often could not hit the target.

UTSA were punished in the 77th minute for those wasted chances as the Huskies were able to hit their second goal of the match. Allison Abendchein was able to steal possession deep in UTSA’s half, allowing her to run in on goal, and beat the keeper to all but seal the win.

With three minutes to play UTSA got agonizingly close to giving themselves some hope of extra time after a shot on target. But yet again Guevara was up to the task as she made another strong save which kept it 2-0, sealing the two goal win for Houston Baptist.

UTSA Katieann Lochte wins CUSA Offensive Player of the week

After a strong week UTSA have their first player of the week honors of the season after midfielder Katieann Lochte was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. The award gets Lochte’s collegiate career off to a perfect start as she led the Roadrunners defense through the opening weekend of the season.

In two matches on the road in Texas, Lochte opened her collegiate career with three goals and both game winning goals on the weekend. Lochte played the full 180 minutes in both matches as she led the UTSA defense to nine goals, a conference lead.

Her first two goals came in the opener at Abilene Christian on Friday night, where she scored both of those goals as part of a dominant first half performance from the Roadrunners. The second of those goals was considered the game winner as Abilene managed to pull one goal back.

Her third goal is credited as the game winner against Sam Houston State as she scored UTSA’s third goal in the five goal night. That gave UTSA the two goal cushion that secured them the win and gave UTSA a perfect 2-0 record, a rare thing in UTSA history.

Lochte joined UTSA after being home schooled and playing club soccer with Classics Elite in San Antonio, serving as the captain for the last four years. Lochte was in the Olympic Development Program pool and is tabbed as a discovery player for Challenge Soccer Club, Houston in the ECNL.