UTSA soccer beats SFA 4-2

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

After traveling to Florida, UTSA (5-1-1) had a week to recover before playing Stephen F. Austin (SFA) (1-5-1) Sunday, Sept. 11, where the ‘Runners would win 4-2. UTSA wasted no time bouncing back from their loss to South Florida, getting a quality win before starting conference play this week. 

The Roadrunners and the Lumberjacks were scoreless for the first forty minutes of the match. For SFA, Jayme Bailey scored in the forty-first minute to go up 1-0. In the last three minutes, UTSA went heavy on the offensive and scored two goals before halftime. Kendall Kloza had a free kick and Deja Sandoval passed the ball to Marlee Fray who kicked the ball, which bounced off the left post and into the goal. The Roadrunners immediately got the ball back with 20 seconds to go. After a throw-in, Fray made a move and passed the ball to Ariana Gomez, who then launched the ball into the goal to score again and to go into half up 2-1. UTSA took 12 shots on the goal while SFA took four.  

The same aggression for UTSA’s offense continued in the second half. The ‘Runners took nine more shots in the second period while holding the Lumberjacks to just three. SFA later tied the game at 2, after the first 20 minutes of going scoreless and the ‘Runners taking four corner shots. Kiran Singh took yet another corner kick, which sent the ball to Kloza, who headed the ball into the goal to put the Roadrunners up 3-2. Three minutes later, Anna Sutter made moves past the defense, advancing the ball to Alissa Stewart to shoot the ball at the goal. The goalkeeper sent the ball back to Stewart, who shot the ball again, this time successfully scoring and putting the ‘Runners up 4-2.  

UTSA held on to win 4-2. Kloza led the team with four shots along with one goal. UTSA outshot SFA 21-7 with shots on goal. SFA also had seven saves, showing the ‘Runners’ constant offensive aggression. The Roadrunners will hope to carry this momentum for the remainder of the season before their conference opener against Rice at 7 p.m on Wednesday, Sept. 14.