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Roadrunners stay in hunt for Southland title with 1-0 victory

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 10/29/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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HUNTSVILLE — Senior Allison Dillon's goal in the 26th minute led UTSA a 1-0 triumph at Sam Houston State on Friday night at Pritchett Field. The victory gave the Roadrunners (11-6-1, 6-1-1 SLC) a new school record for wins in a season.

UTSA also tied the school record for conference wins and kept pace with Southeastern Louisiana, which defeated Central Arkansas on Friday, atop the Southland Conference standings.

In the 26th minute, senior Laurel Dierking started the game-winning play with a long pass from midfield to junior Jodi Leroy on the left wing. Leroy then found Dillon near the right post for the team's lone goal, pushing UTSA's all-time mark against Sam Houston to 5-2. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native beat goalie Jenny Pence for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.

The Roadrunners defense kept the Bearkats (9-9-1, 5-3 SLC) away from sophomore goalie Dacia Webb from there, as she only had to make a pair of saves to record the team's eighth shutout of the season (fifth in conference play).

The physical tilt featured a combined six yellow cards.

The win also pushed UTSA one step closer to their first conference championship. To win the title outright, the Roadrunners must beat or tie Stephen F. Austin (12-5-1, 5-2-1 SLC) on Sunday and need the Lady Lions to lose to Northwestern State in their regular season finale. UTSA can share the conference crown by matching Southeastern with a win, loss or tie.

Either way. The Birds are assured of spot in next week's Southland Tournament for the fifth consecutive season.

The Roadrunners and Lady Jacks conclude the regular season at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Nacogdoches.

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