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Extra-time gives UTSA victory over Huskies

UTSA celebrates Kaytee O'Briens extra-time winner
UTSA celebrates Kaytee O'Briens extra-time winner
courtesy UTSA Athletics

UTSA got the best possible of starts to their soccer season as they managed an extra-time victory over Houston Baptist at Park West Athletics Complex on Friday night.

The winner came in the second half of extra-time with the goal coming in the 103rd minute through Kaytee O'Brien who took her pre-season form in to the regular season.

The whole match was a tight affair, and that trend got going from the opening whistle as both sides struggled to break through their opponents stern defense.

The best chance of the half fell to Houston Baptist, in the form of Rebekah Tovar, who was able to get on the end of a corner and head it toward goal but was denied by Katherine Tesno, whose save bounced off the crossbar, allowing UTSA to clear the ball.

The Roadrunners had plenty of the ball in the first half but they weren't able to have many clear chances as the Huskies held firm at the back, keeping it at scoreless at the break.

The second half was perhaps even more defensive as neither side wanted to give up the winner in a tight defensive encounter that really choked the sides in to midfield, leaving few chances which choked the match, sending it to extra-time.

What the match was lacking in goal-mouth action in regular time it made up for in extra-time as Houston Baptist went for the match in the opening stages of the first-half of extra-time.

That domination continued through the entire first half of extra-time as the Huskies were doing well against UTSA, peppering the goal throughout but they could not find the winner that they needed, sending the match to a second half of extra-time.

The second half of extra-time was a complete reversal of the first as UTSA really started to go for the match as they had plenty of chances and in the 105th minute they did find a winner.

After Kauwela Neal's effort was sent over the bar she regained possession from the goal-kick and sent the ball through for O'Brien who was able to chip the keeper, one-on-one, and score the goal after it bounced down off the crossbar.

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