UTSA soccer falls to FIU in 85th minute

Womens soccer

The losing streak for the Roadrunners’ women’s soccer team continued Oct. 24, as UTSA fell to the Florida International University Panthers, 2-1. The Roadrunners held a 1-0 lead at the half, but two goals in the second half pushed the Panthers to victory at Park West Athletic Complex.

A contention in the box by sophomore UTSA forward Brianna Livecchi set up the go-ahead goal for UTSA’s senior forward Anissa Munson in the 16th minute of action in the first half. The goal was Munson’s third of the season. Along with Munson, senior UTSA forward Happy Orere-Amadu and freshman midfielder Gracie Knight also had shots on goal, but only one went in for the Roadrunners.

“It was a really good effort by the whole team tonight,” said Munson after the game. “Sometimes it doesn’t fall our way, but as long as we have our heart in the game, I think things will start falling our way. We just have to finish.”

The Roadrunners defense held tight in the first half, limiting the Panthers to only one shot by sophomore midfielder Alyssa Robinson.

FIU heated up in the second half, though scoring their first goal in the 57th minute of the game. FIU senior forward Caroline Hernandez found the back of the net for the Panthers, shooting from 35 yards out and tying the game at one apiece. Sophomore FIU defender Shelby Bowden sealed the deal for the Panthers in the 85th minute of the game with a header assisted by junior midfielder Madlen Weinhardt.

The loss extended the losing streak for the Roadrunners to six games, bringing their overall record to 5-10-1 and their conference record to 1-7. With only two games left in the regular season, the Roadrunners remain optimistic.

“We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Munson. “We’re not doing anything terribly wrong, we just have to execute when it’s important. We have to make those key saves, and hopefully we can end the season on a high note.”

The Roadrunners will finish the season off with two more matches at home. The first match will be Oct. 26 against the Florida Atlantic Owls, and the final home match will be against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles on Oct. 30. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.