UTSA drew first blood against rival Texas State on Sunday but were unable to hold the early lead in San Marcos, falling 3-1.
Both teams were up for the rivalry match as the game got off to a quick start. The first 10 minutes were full of energy and inspired play. The Roadrunners broke through in the 12th minute as freshman Liv Nyhegn rebounded a ricochet off the post and promptly sent the ball past the goal line to give the Roadrunners an early 1-0 lead.
After the first goal, the pace of the game slowed down and the Bobcats were able to take control. Felicia Leask struck first for the Bobcats in the 18th minute when she glided past the defense and put the ball in the back of the net to tie the game, 1-1
It did not take long for the Bobcats to strike again. Taylor Kelly put the Bobcats on top when she blasted a long-range shot into the back of the net in the 21st minute to make the score 2-1.
Texas State was in control for the majority of the first half and took the 2-1 lead in to the locker room at halftime.
The Roadrunners came out of the half looking for a goal, and stayed aggressive in their pursuit of the equalizer. But the Bobcats were able to hold off while adding an insurance goal in the 82nd minute as Felicia Leask found her shooting touch once more to make the score 3-1 and neutralize the ‘Runners hopes of comeback.
UTSA fell to 4-7-1 overall and 1-2 in Southland Conference play. Texas State improved to 7-5 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.
UTSA looks to get back on track when they go on the road to face Central Arkansas on Oct. 14. Kickoff is slated for 4pm.