Soccer kicked off year of conference championships with first title in program history

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UTSA’s newest sport was the first to win a conference title in the 2010-2011 campaign.

Soccer, begun in 2006, set the tone for the year ahead when it knocked off Southeastern Louisiana in the Southland Conference tournament championship game in San Marcos, Nov. 7.

That victory allowed the Roadrunners to punch a ticket to the NCAA soccer tournament where they fell 9-0 to the number two team in the country, the University of Portland Pilots in Portland, Oregon.

Before that loss to Portland, the Roadrunners played the best soccer in the short five-year history of the program.

It began with a pair of victories, 8-0 over Alcorn State and 4-1 over Prarie View A&M, in the Holiday Inn Waller College Invitational in Prairie View, Texas.

From there the Roadrunners hit the road for match in Austin with the Longhorns of UT.

The Longhorns knocked off the Roadrunners 3-1.

The Roadrunners would win three of their next five. Those wins coming over Houston Baptist, Grambling State and Texas Southern. The losses came at Baylor and Rice.

A two-game losing streak followed the victory over Texas Southern as the Roadrunners entered conference play after losing to Houston and TCU.

The Roadrunners used the tough non-conference schedule to their advantage as they opened up Southland play with four wins and one tie before losing their first conference match against Southeastern Louisiana (SELA) at home.

The Roadrunners bounced back from the loss to the Lady Lions by knocking off Nicholls at home and Sam Houston State in Huntsville. In both games, the Roadrunners won 1-0.

In the final conference game with the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks, the Roadrunners gave up two goals in the first five minutes and lost 2-0.

Despite the loss, the Roadrunners earned a spot in the conference tournament.

In the first game, the three-seed Roadrunners topped the six-seed Lamar Cardinals, 1-0.

The semifinals saw the Roadrunners defeat the two-seed Ladyjacks and earn a trip to their first-ever conference title game where they defeated Southeastern Louisiana.