UTSA tops San Jose State for first Western Athletic Conference win, 2-1

Courtesy UTSA Sports Information

SAN JOSE, Calif. – UTSA jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held off San Jose State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Spartans Stadium for its first win in Western Athletic Conference action.

The victory is the first for the Roadrunners (2-8-2, 1-1-2 WAC) since a 2-1 triumph over Eastern Michigan on Aug. 31 and is the squad’s first road win of the campaign. Meanwhile, the Spartans fell to 3-9-1 on the season and 1-3 in WAC play.

Junior Maria Jose Rojas provided UTSA with its early lead when she found the back of the net in the 29th minute. The Santiago, Chile, native took a pass from Liv Nyhegn on a breakaway and beat goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis for her second goal of the season.

The Roadrunners took the advantage to halftime despite being outshot in the opening frame, 6-5.

In the 62nd minute, UTSA cashed in on a scoring opportunity off a corner kick for a 2-0 lead. Junior Laylla da Cruz took the kick, which was headed into the goal by freshman Simone Boye for her second strike of the campaign.

However, San Jose State cut the deficit in half less than eight minutes later on Helen Phan’s goal, which also came off a corner kick.

That would prove to be all for the Spartans, as freshman Katarina Pus and sophomore Ari Calderon preserved the victory. Pus played the first 71 minutes and collected nine saves, which tied her season high, while Calderon finished off the win with a save in the final 19 minutes.

 

Rojas and da Cruz led the team with four shots each.

UTSA will return home to face CSU Bakersfield (4-8-2) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, before hosting Louisiana Tech (10-1-3, 1-0-1 WAC) at 1 p.m. three days later.

 

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