Keyed by Sutter’s brace, soccer picks up big win over Marshall


Kendall Kloza takes a shot during a game against UNT earlier this year. Kloza has recorded two goals and one assist so far this season, including the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over A&M-Corpus Christi. Bella Nieto/The Paisano

Ryder Martin, News Editor

The UTSA Roadrunners (7-4-1, 2-2-0 C-USA) were on the road last week in a conference matchup against the Marshall Thundering Herd (3-8-2, 0-4-1 C-USA). As has been the case for much of the season, the ‘Runners dominated in terms of total shots in the game, but unlike most of the season, those chances were actually converted into goals. Led by a pair of goals from freshman forward/midfielder Anna Sutter, the ‘Runners got out to an early lead and never looked back, en route to a 3-0 victory. 

UTSA got off to a great start, registering the first three shots of the game, the third of which handed them an early lead. In the 15th minute, Sutter put her head on a cross into the box following passes from teammates Alissa Stewart and Sarina Russ, and the ball got by Thundering Herd keeper Mira Pastoft for the 1-0 lead. The ‘Runners then had a golden opportunity to extend the lead after a foul in the penalty area sent Ellis Patterson to the penalty spot. Unfortunately, Patterson’s effort was denied by Pastoft and the lead remained one. This lead held until the end of the first half and UTSA headed into the second half outshooting Marshall 6-1. 

Not content with a one-goal lead, UTSA came out aggressive in the second half. In the first 25 minutes, UTSA overwhelmed the Marshall defense, outshooting them 10-1. In the 71st minute UTSA doubled their advantage when Deja Sandoval took a pass from Patterson and fired the ball past Pastoft. Marshall pressed for a response, but the UTSA defense demonstrated their resolve and held firm. In the 84th minute, UTSA put the game away when Sutter slotted home her second goal of the game to hand UTSA a 3-0 advantage. The final five minutes of the game passed with Marshall trying to ruin the shutout, but they were denied and UTSA secured their second consecutive shutout victory. 

It was a dominant performance by the ‘Runners. They outshot Marshall 22-5 in the game and held an 8-2 edge in shots on net. UTSA keeper Jil Schneider was not asked to do very much on the day, but when she was called into service, she delivered, saving both shots sent her way. This was Sutter’s second game of the season with two goals in a game as she’s quickly emerging as a standout spark plug for the offense. UTSA will be back home for their next game when they take on Louisiana Tech (5-7-2, 1-3-1 C-USA) on Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. The game will also be available to stream on