UTSA soccer yet to lose

Luke Lawhorn

After going 10-5-4 a season ago and losing the second game in the Conference-USA tournament, the Roadrunners came out this past week and went 3-0-1. The ‘Runners also got their first win over a Power 5 opponent (Kansas State) in program history.  

For the season opener, the ‘Runners hosted Houston Baptist (0-0-1) on Aug. 18. The two teams tied 0-0, but UTSA had 27 shots at the goal to HBU’s six. UTSA looked very aggressive, but unfortunately came up empty-handed for the first game. Senior and captain Isa Hernandez led the team with five shots, while fifth-year senior Kendall Kloza and sophomore Anna Sutter had four shots each. 

UTSA hosted Texas Southern (0-2) on Aug. 21, where they dominated both periods and won big 7-0. The ‘Runners scored within the first 11 minutes with a goal by Alissa Stewart, assisted by Kloza. UTSA would score three more times in the period, going into halftime up 4-0. The dominance continued as UTSA scored three more goals, having totaled 39 shots in the game to TSU’s one. Six different ‘Runners scored, with Stewart being the only one with two goals and Marlee Fray being the only scorer as a substitute.  

The Roadrunners were on the road for the first time this season on Aug. 25, where they beat Texas A&M-Commerce (0-3) 2-0. At the two-minute mark of the game, junior Sasjah Dade scored a goal, with junior Kiran Singh and Kloza with the assist. The ‘Runners scored again in the second period, credited as a team goal. UTSA again outshot Commerce 9-4, combining 75 shots in the first three games and just 12 for the opponents, shutting out all three opponents.  

Big 12 opponent Kansas State (1-2-1) came to San Antonio as the fourth team to play UTSA this season, where the Roadrunners got their first victory over a Power 5 school in program history. The ‘Runners again had another early goal, with Singh scoring off of a corner kick at the six-minute mark of the game. Starting the second period down 1-0, Kansas State would tie the game. With less than three minutes left in regulation, Dade scored a goal assisted by Singh to put UTSA back in the lead, and they ultimately held on to win 2-1. UTSA’s offense is very aggressive, and their defense has been limiting the number of shots opponents are able to take.  

The ‘Runners will go on a Florida road trip where they will face Stetson University in DeLand on Thursday, Sept. 1, then South Florida in Tampa on Sunday, Sept. 4.