No. 6 UTSA soccer advances to C-USA semifinal, defeats No. 3 UAB

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

For the first time in program history, No. 6 seed UTSA advances to the semifinal round of the Conference USA tournament after defeating No. 3 seed UAB 1-0 on Wednesday afternoon. The Roadrunners played UAB earlier in the season; however, they tied the game 1-1. Needing a decided winner, UTSA took down the Blazers in a second overtime period. 

Both teams played aggressively, with UTSA outshooting UAB 11-10. Kendall Kloza led the team with three shots. The Roadrunners had six shots in the first period, a corner kick, and two on the goal; they just could not get them in the net. No goals were made at the end of the 90 minutes of regulation. Needing a winner, the two teams played in overtime. 

In the extra 10 minute period, UAB managed to get a shot on the goal; however, it was saved by UTSA goalkeeper Mia Krusinski, who had five saves on the day. With the game still 0-0 at the end of the extra period, the teams played in a second 10-minute overtime. 

Isa Hernandez passed the ball to Avery Chaney, who saw an open Anna Sutter. Sutter sent the ball into the goal in the 108th minute to put UTSA up 1-0. The Roadrunners held strong in the final two minutes to survive and advance. Kloza, Sabrina Russ and Deja Sandoval played the entire 110 minutes, needing the extra rest for Friday’s semifinal. 

UTSA will now face No. 2 seed North Texas at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday, Nov. 4 in the C-USA Tournament semifinal.