There was an incredible eight goals, but unfortunately for UTSA as they could only manage three of them as they lost their opening match of the Texas Longhorns soccer tournament on Friday night in Austin. It was Abilene Christian who managed the 5-3 win in an entertaining match that saw the Roadrunners close the gap but fall back away.
The Roadrunners were 3-1 down, and fought back to level the scores, only to fade again late on as Abilene Christian fought back again. It will still be pleasing for UTSA that they managed to score three goals, with the offense really starting to come good for UTSA.
All three of UTSA’s goalscorers scored their first ever collegiate goals, and things got started as early as the third minute. It was a freshman combination as Melissa Finley’s cross was punched away by Kelsey Dombrowski but only as far as Sam Batley who buried the chance to give the Roadrunners an early lead.
But Abilene Christian responded perfectly as they drew level in just the seventh minute, finishing the celebrations. Sophie Standifer sent in a ball for Natalie Throneberry who was able to put it away and give ACU their first goal of the season.
The two sides looked to go on the attack as they pushed for goals, but neither side could break through again as the half ended 1-1. It didn’t take long for that to change in the second half as ACU came out and got an early goal.
It took just four minutes as Standifer was able to beat her defenders and then finish with some aplomb to give the Wildcats the lead. They wouldn’t look back and doubled their lead just six minutes later as Lindsey Jones got the goal.
UTSA were forced to go for it, now sitting two goals down and they really started to ramp up their attack. The Roadrunners pulled a goal back in the 61st minute when Lauren Hodgdon set up Savannah Struck who buried the chance.
Just moments later the Roadrunners were able to get back on level terms and it was another freshman getting the goal. Cailey Elder sent a ball in, which allowed Olivia Nicholls to open her collegiate account with an equalizer.
It didn’t even take one minute for ACU to restore their lead as they quickly fought back and had a goal. Kate Seay made a great run and was able to score a solo effort to make it 4-3 to the Wildcats.
In the 71st minute the lead was doubled again as Megan Baer hit an impressive strike to push it out to 5-3. This time it was enough as UTSA were unable to get the come back and now go 0-2 on the season.