UTSA soccer goes 0-2-3 on five-game road trip


Photo Courtesy of Jeff Huehn/UTSA Athletics

Deja Sandoval making a move on a defender.

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

The UTSA soccer team (6-4-4, 1-2-3 C-USA) is now back to playing at home after a five-game road trip. In the past week, the Roadrunners traveled to Louisiana Tech (4-7-3, 2-2-2 C-USA) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (7-2-4, 4-0-2 C-USA). The ‘Runners went 0-1-1. 

The ‘Runners played in Ruston, Louisiana, on Thursday, Oct. 6, and lost 2-1 against the Lady Techsters. The first goal came from LA Tech in the ninth minute. Maci Geltmeier scored off an assist by Erin Chung. UTSA’s offense woke up as they fired nine shots in the remainder of the period. In the 42nd minute, Kendall Kloza took a free kick for the ‘Runners and shot toward the box. The Lady Techsters goalkeeper Sydnee Korchak deflected the kick, leading to Deja Sandoval scoring a goal to go into halftime tied 1-1. Each team’s offense took 10 shots in the second period, but the defense stood tall. A yellow card on UTSA’s Anna Sutter resulted in a penalty goal kick by the Lady Techsters. Josie Studer took the advantage for LA Tech as she made the goal to put the Lady Techsters up 2-1. 

LA Tech ultimately won 2-1, despite being outshot by UTSA 21 to 14. The Lady Techsters did, however, have 11 saves to the ‘Runners three. 

Following the loss, UTSA traveled to Birmingham, Alabama, to play the Conference USA leader in points. Kiran Singh scored for the ‘Runners in the second minute, however, and shot just once more in the first period. The two teams’ defenses held the offenses to just five shots in the first half. UAB’s Hannah Clark scored for the Blazers in the 74th minute, tying the game 1-1. UTSA was held to just one shot in the second period, while UAB took six. The Roadrunners have played teams close all season long, with their defense keeping them in games. 

UTSA will now play again in San Antonio. Their next game will come against Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.