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Roadrunners soccer opens with UIW win

Kaytee O’Brien gets a header
Kaytee O’Brien gets a headercourtesy UTSA Athletics

For the second straight year, UTSA Soccer had their first scrimmage against UIW and 2014 turned a better result as they managed 2-0 win over the Cardinals at Park West on Sunday night.

UTSA started the match well, getting a shot away, through Brianna Livercchi 55 seconds in to the match before two Charlotte Husoe corners in the early stages that came to nothing.

UTSA dominated the first quarter hour but UIW did manage to level the shot count at one a piece in the 14th minute as Sarah Johnson sent her effort high.

The Roadrunnners hit the lead in the 17th minute as Kaytee O’Brien was able to break through the UIW defense and have space to shoot from 25 yards with just the keeper to beat, and making it a solid finish for the opener for UTSA.

Almost instantly UIW had a chance as they ran down the field from the kick-off which allowed Sarah Johnson a chance to get a shot away but it was saved by Katherine Tesno.

But for the rest of the half the Roadrunners dominated possession and produced plenty of chances for Anisa Munson but she couldn’t put them away meaning UTSA had to settle for a 1-0 lead at half-time.

O’Brien sealed her brace just over 90 seconds in to the second half as Taylor Wingerden made a great run up the sideline and cut in to the box, allowing her to find O’Brien who made it 2-0.

It could well have been three for O’Brien ten minutes later as she again got free and had a chance but this time she sent her effort wide of goal, letting the Cardinals off the hook.

With a 2-0 lead, and looking secure UTSA looked to rotate a number of their players to give more time to the reserves, but with that came a break in flow and allowed UIW more time and space, however Katherine Tesno was impressive in goal for the Roadrunners and kept it all out for a 2-0 win.