Soccer season underway


Ryan Garza

The Roadrunners are entering their second season under new head coach Derek Pittman
and showed signs of improvement after going 6-9-2 during their first season under Pittman after
only winning three games the year before.

Last season the Roadrunners got off to a fast start by winning four of their first seven
non-conference games but ended the conference season by going 2-6-2 and missing out on the
postseason tournament.

The team first hit the pitch in early August for a pair of exhibition matches. Their first
exhibition game was against the University of Incarnate Word which the ‘Runners ended up
walking away victorious 2-0. In their second exhibition match the Roadrunners faced off against
the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, where they eventually lost the match 0-1 to close
out their pair of preseason matches.

To start off the regular season UTSA headed to Beaumont to take part in the Cardinal
Classic. They opened up the tournament facing off against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’
Cajuns and walked away victorious in their first game of the season by a score of 3-0. The
Roadrunners went up early after a goal from Katieann Lochte. The second goal would come off
the foot of Lexi Bolton after she stole a pass and took it all the way for a goal off the top corner
of the net. The final score came from an Ellis Patterson kick that deflected off a defender and
would end up going in the net.

The Roadrunners took on the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls on August 25 and just
before halftime Abby Kassal scored a goal to tie the game at one apiece the game would
unfortunately not be able to continue after halftime due to an inclement weather in Beaumont.

Due to the game not being completed this would leave the ‘Runners sitting at 1-0 to kickoff their
regular season schedule.

To highlight the rest of the season, the Roadrunners will play their first home game of the
regular season against the Texas State Bobcats on Aug. 30 then will travel to Phoenix, Arizona
on Sept. 1 for a road match with Grand Canyon University.
After the trip to Arizona the ‘Runners will host a tournament here at home. First, they
will square off against Cleveland State on Sept. 6 and then the University of South Florida on
Sept. 8.

UTSA will kick off their conference slate with three consecutive home games starting on
Sept. 22 against Middle Tennessee State University followed by games against Rice and North
Texas on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, respectively.

The Roadrunners will play their last home game against Louisiana Tech on Oct. 20
before hitting the road for three games to close out the regular season. The road games start on
Oct. 24 at Old Dominion before heading to Charlotte to take on the 49ers and finally concluding
the regular season on Nov. 1 in the Sun City against the University of Texas at El Paso.

The Conference USA Championship begins play on Nov. 6 in Denton, Texas and will
feature the top eight teams who had the most points in the regular season and will play single-
elimination games to determine who will win the conference crown for 2019.