UTEP Soccer Fights Back To Earn 3-3 Tie At UTSA

Mackenzie German

Sept. 18, 2011

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EL PASO, TEXAS – The UTEP soccer team scored three times over the final 32 minutes of the second half, including a goal  by freshman Lauren Katada with 45 seconds left, on the way to earning a 3-3 tie at UTSA Sunday afternoon . The rally extends the Miners’ (6-2-1) unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1).

Things didn’t look good for UTEP after Maria Jose Rojas found the back of the net to afford the Roadrunners (2-5-1) a seemingly commanding 3-0 lead with the clock reading 57:58.

UTEP would not quit, though. Katada found German who buried a shot into upper 90’s territory to get the Miners on the board at 63:08. German then set up Azia Nicholson, who put away a chance to trim the deficit to one (3-2) in the 83rd minute.

With time ticking away, UTEP earned a corner kick at 89:08. Tess Hall quickly sent the ball into the box and after a scramble, Katada drilled a shot into the back of the net to complete the comeback.

The Miners dominated the extra sessions, out-shooting the Roadrunners by a count of 10-1, including a blast by Jessie Pettit which clanked off the crossbar with four seconds remaining in the first OT period.

German, Katada and Nicholson each picked up assists in the match, while freshman Sarah Dilling was a big factor in the contest as well. She registered a career-best nine saves, three of which after the Orange and Blue had cut the lead down to 3-1.

UTEP outshot UTSA, 33-15, and took seven corner kicks. It was a clean contest with only 10 fouls, six of which were whistled on the home side.  

UTSA was a bit more aggressive early on, with Dilling being tested almost immediately. She was up to the task on a shot from Liv Nyhegn at 2:47. She was pestered again a few minutes later, and this time the Roadrunners would beat her. A cross from the wing found the foot of Lindsay South, who snuck it past her on the right side from just inside the area to put UTSA up, 1-0, in the seventh minute.

The Miners settled down a bit after the strike, generating five shots and earning two corners over the next 22 minutes but could not put it away. The Roadrunners assembled a counter attack, and tacked on a second goal courtesy of Anka Grotle at 28:45.

UTEP had a couple opportunities to slice into the deficit before the break but it was not in the cards. The Miners carried that momentum into the early stages of the second stanza and seemed poised to break through, only to have UTSA extend its advantage to three (3-0) with 32 minutes and two seconds to play.

That would be the last of the scoring for the home side, though, with the Miners regrouping and really controlling play from that point on.

UTEP will be back in action this coming weekend when it christens Conference USA play with a pair of home matches. The Miners will challenge Marshall at 7 p.m. MT Friday before welcoming East Carolina to town for a special early kick-off of 12 p.m. MT on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Visit UTEPAthletics.com for all the latest on UTEP soccer, in addition to checking out the team’s Facebook Page and Twitter account.



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