Victory inches UTSA closer for a chance to play in Conference USA tournament


Following a tough road loss to the UTEP Miners on Friday, the UTSA Roadrunners (5-11-2, 4-3-2 C-USA) defeated the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (9-9-1, 4-5 C-USA) in their final home game of the season, 2-0 on Sunday, Oct. 27.

“I thought we bounced back from a tough game Friday and an exhausting trip out to El Paso,” UTSA head coach Steve Ballard said. “We came out and did what we needed to do, and I like the way we played soccer today.”

UTSA junior forward Happy Orere-Amadu split through Louisiana Tech’s defense and scored her third goal of the season in the 11th minute of the first half. She was assisted by fellow junior forward Anissa Munson. Orere-Amadu led the team with four more shots and now has a team-high 49 for the season.

The Roadrunners would add a second and final goal in the 24th minute of the first half on Munson’s only shot of the game. Junior Charlotte Husoe had her shot hit the crossbar, and Munson was able to capitalize on the rebound with a goal past Lady Techster goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke.

“We started out good and went into a slope, but as soon as we got some goals, we picked it up and figured it out,” Munson said.

Freshman goalkeeper Bubba Makela continues to be a difference maker in UTSA’s victories as she finished the game with six saves. It was her sixth shutout of the season, five of which have been in conference games.

During the second half of the game, Louisiana Tech revamped their defense and prevented UTSA from scoring any more goals, but they could not find a way through UTSA’s defense to score a goal of their own.

With only one more regular season game, the Conference USA tournament is almost on the horizon for UTSA.

“We’ve had some unfortunate losses but now we’re back in the running to go to the tournament; our destiny is in our hands now,” Munson said. “We have to buckle down. We had some losses, but there is no team we can’t beat in the tournament.”

Ballard now has UTSA focused on the immediate future.

“We got a huge game on Thursday coming up with Tulsa. So we have one more regular season game, then hopefully we’ll just keep going,” Ballard said. “We have to win Thursday before we even talk about conference.”

UTSA will take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes on Thursday, Oct. 31.