Lady Techsters outlast UTSA in overtime, 1-0

Courtesy UTSA Sports Information

SAN ANTONIO- UTSA outshot Louisiana Tech 20-8, but Laura LeFevour’s goal in the 97th minute gave the visiting Lady Techsters a 1-0 win over UTSA on Sunday afternoon at the Rec Sports Complex.

Despite playing with 10 on the pitch for the final 41 minutes, the Louisiana Tech improved to 11-1-3 overall and 3-0-1 in Western Athletic Conference play, while the Roadrunners fell to 2-10-2 and 1-1-2 in league action.

UTSA appeared to have grabbed the upper hand in the third minute when junior Anka Grotle’s header found the back of the net, but the Bremanger, Norway, native was whistled for being offside. The Roadrunners offense produced eight shots in the opening period, while holding Louisiana Tech to just two, but they could not get on the scoreboard.

The trend continued in the second half as Corina Brown kept UTSA scoreless by recording four of her six saves in the period.

In the 56th minute, Emily Brennan was whistled for a red card after drawing a yellow earlier in the match and Louisiana Tech was forced to play with just 10 the rest of the way.

However, UTSA could not capitalize on the advantage and the contest remained scoreless through regulation.

With time winding down in the extra session, LeFevour found some open space inside the penalty box after passes from Andrea Weng and Heather Fitzgerald and beat UTSA goalie Katarina Pus for the game-winner. LeFevour’s third goal of the season gave the Lady Techsters eight wins in their last 10 games.

Four players – juniors Laylla da Cruz and Maria Jose Rojas, sophomore Liv Nyhegn and freshman Kalena Ka’eo – recorded three shots apiece to lead the Roadrunners, who played in their third overtime contest in five WAC matches.

UTSA will return to the road for an 8 p.m. (CT) contest on Oct. 19 against Denver (10-1-4, 2-0-2 WAC).

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