UTSA Opens Conference Play with 1-1 Tie on Friday Night

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SAN ANTONIO- Sophomore Liv Nyhegn put UTSA on top early in the second half, but Seattle rallied for the equalizer and the teams battled to a 1-1 tie on Friday night in a rainy Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opener for both squads.

After a scoreless opening stanza, the Roadrunners (1-7-1, 0-0-1 WAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute when Nyhegn scored off a rebound near the goal. Junior Anka Grotle started the play with a shot that bounced off the crossbar before Nyhegn popped the ball over the head of goalkeeper Brianna Smallidge and into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

However, the lead would not last as the Redhawks (5-5-1, 0-0-1) tied the match in the 80th minute. Stephanie Verdoia took a pass just outside the penalty box and fired a shot that freshman goalie Katarina Pus appeared to stop, but the ball slid past her gloves and into the net.

UTSA nearly came away with a victory in regulation as junior Maria Jose Rojas slipped past the defense and beat Smallidge to her right, but the Santiago, Chile, native was whistled for being offside.

Neither squad could come up with the game-winner in a pair of overtimes and the Roadrunners took their first draw since an Oct. 21, 2011, Southland Conference tilt against Lamar.

Pus logged five saves on the night, including one in extra time, while junior Laylla da Cruz led the Roadrunners with four shots.

The Birds will look to score their first conference victory at 1 p.m. on Sunday, when they host Idaho (3-10, 0-1) at the Rec Sports Complex.

Courtesy UTSA Sports Inforrmation

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