UTSA opened their first season of Conference USA play on Friday night as they fought to a hard fought scoreless draw against Florida Atlantic at the Park West Athletics Complex.
It was the first time UTSA have faced a scoreless draw since a conference game in 2007 against Stephen F Austin and marks another step in their improvement as they face tougher opposition in C-USA than WAC.
The match was a defensive affair with both goalkeepers making four saves but UTSA were certainly the more offensive minded side with three players each managing multiple shots.
The Roadrunners had the first chance of the match as Brianna Livecchi was able to receive the ball but she shot wide of the target to let FAU off the hook.
Florida Atlantic thought they opened the scoring on the half hour mark as Claire Emslie made a run and got one-on-one with Bubba Makela before putting the ball in the back of the net only to be denied by the offside flag.
That would be the best chance of the first half as both teams fought hard defensively, keeping each other out but struggling to take control.
The second half was more of the same with both teams really struggling to gain any momentum as neither side was able to maintain possession for long periods of time.
As the half went on, though, UTSA gained momentum and in the final minute could well have won the match as Laylla da Cruz hit a powerful shot that was saved by Courtney Zwetsch for a corner that Zwetsch also dealt with sending the match to extra time.
The Roadrunners took that momentum through to extra time restricting FAU to just one shot in the opening half of extra time.
UTSA fought hard to find a winner and had three solid chances late on from Da Cruz, Kaytee O'Brien and Happy Orere-Amadu but they just could not find the back of the net as the match ended scoreless.
The improvement will need to continue ahead of Sunday as UTSA host the red hot Rice who opened their C-USA campaign with a 3-1 victory over UTEP.
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