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UTSA defeat UIW in Roadrunners opener

Kaytee O'Brien heads toward goal
Kaytee O'Brien heads toward goal
courtesy UTSA Athletics

In what has become a traditional season opener for UTSA the Roadrunners defeated UIW in a 2-0 win at Park West Athletics Complex on Sunday night.

UTSA took it to the Cardinals from the opening whistle with Brianna Livercchi producing the first chance for the Roadrunners not even one minute in to the match.

That offensive pressure continued for the Roadrunners and they were able to push UIW’s defense back and earn two corners that Charlotte Husoe sent in but both were cleared by the UIW defense.

UTSA were continually pressing but UIW finally got their first shot away in the 14th minute as a corner fell back to Sarah Johnson who sent her effort over the bar.

In the 17th minute the Roadrunners’ domination paid off as Kaytee O’Brien was able to break through the UIW defense and force the keeper out, shooting from 25 yards, leaving KarlyBrightwell with no chance.

UIW responded straight away from the kick-off and could well have equalized straight away as Sarah Johnson made a run at goal but was denied by a Katherine Tesno save.

But it was only a momentary period for UIW as the Roadrunners went back on the domination with Anisa Munson who was looking dangerous with plenty of chances for the Roadrunners, but couldn’t put them away to keep it 1-0 at the break.

UTSA got the perfect start to the second half as O’Brien sealed her brace thanks to some neat work from Taylor Wingerden, who ran down the wing and crossed for O’Brien who poked it home doubling UTSA’s lead.

Just ten minutes later O’Brien could well have sealed her hat-trick as she was able to break free again and shoot, but this time she couldn’t find the target, skewing her shot wide.

The usual plethora of substitutions slowed the match down, which helped UIW who were able to have a chance in the 71st minute but Kathryn Mundy’s chance was denied by a Katherine Tesno save.

UTSA had a handful of chances late on but UIW had the better of them, nearly netting a consolation in the 88th minute but again Tesno came up to seal the 2-0 win.

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