BOCA RATON, FL – The UTSA football team opens a three-week stretch when the Roadrunners take on Florida Atlantic on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 6:00 PM (CT) at FAU Football Stadium.
This is the third straight conference matchup against an opponent that will move the conferences together next year. Both UTSA and Florida Atlantic are set to join the American Athletic Conference in 2023. The Roadrunners and Owls have met each other five times since both teams joined Conference USA in 2013.
The Roadrunners hit the road after picking up their first win of the season against Charlotte, 2-0, on September 18. With the win, UTSA improved to 6-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference. The Roadrunners outshot the 49ers 20 to six and earned 12 corners after three Charlotte corners.
The Roadrunners and 49ers were tied 0-0 during the first half. In the second half, UTSA started to put up some numbers that led them to the win. Jordan Walker and Olivia Alvarez scored their first career goals to help the Roadrunners to a 2-0 win.
AT THE HEAD OF THE ROADS
The Roadrunners are ranked seventh in the United Soccer Coaches South Region, the organization announced Tuesday. UTSA ranks in the top 30 nationally in three different categories, including 17th in assists per game (2.78), 11thousand total assists (25), 26thousand in total points (67).
The team ranks second in Conference USA with 160 shots, 67 points, 21 goals and 25 assists. Through the first nine games, the Roadrunners have the same number of goals scored (six) in the conference. As a team, the Roadrunners outscored their opponents 160 to 55 on the season.
Kiran Singh leads team with 22 shots (six on goal) and nine points (two goals and five assists), starting all eight games. Singh has 37 in the countrythousand– the most assists per game (0.62) and 19th in total assists. Selection of the preseason conference team Anna Sutter tied with Singh for points, Sutter had three goals and three assists.
Sasya Dade On August 30, she was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week. Despite being a defenseman by trade, Dade has been a big contributor on offense as she has seven points on three goals and one assist. She ranks 37th in the nation and is tied for first in the conference with two game-winning goals. Defensively, she has an impressive 77 percent defensive challenge won and 83 percent successful tackles.
Dade’s line of defense, Leave Sandoval aloneKlose and Sabrina Hiller played a major role for the Roadrunners, allowing just a conference-best six goals and recording five shutouts in the first nine games, totaling 2,881 minutes.
In the all-time series, UTSA has a 1-2-2 record against the Florida Atlantic Owls. The teams last played each other on Oct. 11, 2019, when the Roadrunners lost 2-1 to the Owls in Boca Raton, Florida. In a loss three seasons ago, then a freshman Lexi Bolton scored UTSA’s lone goal and led the team with five hits. Then a freshman Jill Schneider made four saves.
INTELLIGENCE OF THE OWL
Florida Atlantic is coming off a 1-0 conference opener against North Texas on Sept. 18 and is currently riding a three-game winning streak. After the game against North Texas, the Owls have a 5-3-2 overall record and a 1-0-0 Conference USA record. According to the conference’s preseason coaches poll, Florida Atlantic finished third out of 11 teams in C-USA and had one first-place finish. Defender Amanda Martin and midfielder Guy Krstek were selected to the C-USA Preseason Team.
The Owls are ranked No. 5 in the South Region in this week’s United Soccer Coaches regional rankings. Bree Austin led the Owls with 29 shots and 11 points on four goals and three assists. Goalie Lexi Gonzalez started six of 10 games for FAU, recording 21 saves and scoring nine goals during that time.
FURTHER: On Sunday, the Roadrunners travel to the Florida International in Miami, which starts at 11 am.
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