BOCA RATON, Florida – The UTSA football team kicks off a three-week stretch of road as the Roadrunners take on Florida Atlantic on Thursday. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) at the FAU football stadium.
It’s the third straight conference game against an opponent that will move the conferences together next year. UTSA and Florida Atlantic are scheduled to join the American Athletic Conference in 2023. The Roadrunners and Owls have faced each other five times since the two teams joined Conference USA in 2013.
The Roadrunners hit the road with momentum after earning their first C-USA victory of the season, a 2-0 shutout of Charlotte on September 18. With the win, UTSA improved to 6-2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference action. The Roadrunners outshot the 49ers by 20 six-shots, as well as 12 corner kicks at three Charlotte corners.
The Roadrunners and 49ers tied 0-0 in the first half. In the second half, UTSA started producing numbers that led them to a win. Jordan Walker and Olivia Alvarez scored their first career goals to help lead the Roadrunners to a 2-0 win.
The Roadrunners are ranked No. 7 in the United Soccer Coaches Southern Region Rankings, the organization announced on Tuesday. Nationally, UTSA ranks in the top 30 in three different categories, including 17th in assists per game (2.78), 11e in total assists (25) and 26e in total points (67).
The team is second in Conference USA with 160 shots, 67 points, 21 goals and 25 assists. The Roadrunners are tied for the fewest goals against (six) in the conference in their first nine games. As a team, the Roadrunners have outshot their opponents by 160 shots on 55 shots on the season so far.
Kiran Singh leads the team with 22 shots (six on goal) and nine points (two goals and five assists), from eight games. In the nation, Singh has 37e-most assists per game (0.62) and 19th in total assists. Pre-Season Conference Team Selection Anna Sutter is tied with Singh for most points, with Sutter consisting of three goals and three assists.
Sasjah Dade was named American Conference Defensive Player of the Week on August 30. Although she is a defender by trade, Dade has contributed greatly to the attack since she has seven points, three goals and one assist. She is 37th in the nation and tied for first in the conference with two game-winning goals. Defensively, she has an impressive 77% of defensive challenges won and 83% of successful tackles.
Dade’s defensive line, Already SandovalKloza and Sabrina Hillier played a vital role for the Roadrunners, allowing just a conference-best six goals and recording five shutouts in the first nine games, accounting for 2,881 minutes combined.
In the all-time series, UTSA holds a 1-2-2 record against the Florida Atlantic Owls. The teams last met on October 11, 2019, when the Roadrunners fell to the Owls, 2-1, in Boca Raton, Florida. In defeat three seasons ago, then freshman Lexi Bolton scored UTSA’s only goal and led the team with five shots. First-year student Jil Schneider saved four backups.
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Florida Atlantic is coming off a 1-0 conference opener win over North Texas on Sept. 18 and is currently on a three-game winning streak. The Owls are 5-3-2 overall and 1-0-0 in the American Conference after the game against North Texas. Florida Atlantic was chosen to finish third out of 11 C-USA teams and earned a first-place vote, according to the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll. Defender Amanda Martin and midfielder Gi Krstec were both named to the C-USA pre-season squad.
The Owls are No. 5 in the southern region of this week’s United Soccer Coaches regional rankings. Bri Austin leads the Owls with 29 shots and 11 points, four goals and three assists. Goalkeeper Lexi Gonzalez has started six of FAU’s 10 matches, registering 21 saves and allowing nine goals in that span.
NEXT: The Roadrunners head to Florida International in Miami on Sunday for an 11 a.m. kickoff.
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