UTSA soccer falls to Houston 1-0

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

Following a week off, the UTSA soccer team (6-3-3, 1-1-2 C-USA) traveled to Houston to play the University of Houston Cougars (5-4-1, 1-1-0 AAC) on Sunday, Oct. 2. This was a defensive battle, with Houston ultimately winning 1-0.  

This was yet another match where no goals were scored in the first half. UTSA’s offense remained aggressive, but not enough to score. Cougars’ player Madison Gear scored the only goal in the 81st minute, winning the game 1-0. UTSA outshot Houston 15 to 10, with nine coming in the first half for the ‘Runners compared to UH’s two. Houston also had 10 total saves, while UTSA had five. The Cougars also had two players get yellow cards, which shows the defensive aggression in the game. The Roadrunners had eight corner kicks, but they were unable to cash any of them in for goals.  

The all-time record for UTSA against Houston is 3-5-1. The ‘Runners are ranked 8th in the United Soccer Coaches South Region rankings. They also remain nationally ranked in assists per game (24th) and total assists (20th). The offense for UTSA coming into this game was second in Conference USA with 182 shots, 72 points, 23 goals and 26 assists. The defensive unit is still just as strong, tied with Western Kentucky for the least goals allowed in C-USA (eight).  

The Roadrunners will continue their road trip for two more games. UTSA’s next match will be in Ruston, La., against LA Tech on Thursday, Oct. 6.