SAN ANTONIO — UTSA scored a season-high three goals, all in the second half, to claim a 3-0 win over Southern Miss on Friday night at Park West Athletics Complex.
After a scoreless opening period, the Roadrunners (4-10-1, 3-2-1 C-USA) got goals from Happy Orere-Amadu and Brianna Livecchi in the first five minutes of the second half, while Courtney Bertholf’s late winner sealed the victory. UTSA was dominant in the final 45 minutes on the offensive end and out-shot the Golden Eagles (6-6-4, 0-4-2 C-USA) 20-2.
Bubba Makela made a pair of saves in goal for UTSA en route to its third shutout of the campaign.
After a back-and-forth first half that saw the teams combine for 13 shots, the Roadrunners turned up the offensive pressure in the second frame and struck quickly.
Taylor Wingerden set up Orere-Amadu’s game-winning goal just 44 seconds into the period, as the junior from New York, N.Y., sent a shot past Southern Miss goalie Brittany Taylor from outside the penalty box. The strike was her second of the season.
Less than five minutes later in the 50th minute, Wingerden found Livecchi with a cross that the freshman headed home for a 2-0 lead. It was her team-leading third goal of the campaign.
The Roadrunners continued to control possession for much of the half and forced Taylor to make eight saves in the period.
However, UTSA tacked on one more winner before the end of the night when Bertholf collected a rebound in front of the net and put the exclamation point on the Roadrunners victory with her first collegiate goal.
The contest also served as UTSA’s Kick Cancer game. UTSA held a silent auction and sold T-shirts with proceeds going to benefit cancer research.
The Roadrunners will be back in action at 1 p.m. on Sunday when they host Colorado College (11-3, 6-0 C-USA).