Soccer beats UNT 1-0 on last shot


Ellis Patterson chases a ball down during the game against UNT. Bella Nieto/The Paisano

Ryder Martin, Sports Editor

The UTSA Roadrunners soccer team (6-4-1, 1-2-0 C-USA) took on the University of North Texas Mean Green (6-3-3, 1-2-1 C-USA) last week. After a hard-fought, back-and-forth battle that could not be decided in regular time, it was UTSA forward Abby Kassal who played the hero, scoring the winning penalty in the dying seconds of extra time. 

The two teams played a full 90 minutes of shutout soccer, with keepers Jil Schneider for UTSA and Sarah Fuller for UNT both registering four saves in the game. With time quickly winding down in the first overtime period, it appeared the two teams were destined for a draw, but a foul committed by UNT’s Brooke Lampe in the penalty area changed the equation. Kassal was called upon to take the penalty and authoritatively drilled the ball past Fuller into the bottom left corner of the net to secure the victory in sudden death overtime and sent her teammates storming onto the field in celebration. 

The victory was UTSA’s first conference win of the season and gives the team some positive momentum heading into a road clash in Huntington, W. Va., against the Marshall Thundering Herd (3-7-2, 0-3-1 C-USA). The game will kick off on Friday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.