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UTSA, Lamar battle to 1-1 draw on Friday night

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SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore Anka Grotle gave UTSA an early lead, but Lamar answered with a goal in the second half, and after two scoreless overtimes, the match ended in a 1-1 draw on Friday night at the Recreational Sports Complex.

Grotle opened the scoring with her third goal of the season in the 26th minute, which gave the Roadrunners (6-7-2, 3-2-1 SLC) the early advantage. Fellow sophomore Edith Lopez started the play with a perfect corner kick to the top of the six-yard box toward Grotle and her header sailed past goalie Jennifer Gibbs.

The UTSA defense contained the Lady Cardinals (7-6-1, 4-1-1 SLC) for much of the opening half. Lisa Topping had Lamar’s best scoring chance in the 12th minute, but her free kick hit the cross bar.

The Roadrunners held the lead until the 73rd minute when Amber Thornhill came up with the equalizer. Thornhill’s winner also came off a corner kick. After a deflection in the penalty box, she beat sophomore goalie Danielle Snyder.

UTSA had a chance to take the lead just minutes later when sophomore Valentina Lefort hit the post on a shot inside the penalty box.

Prior to the match, head coach Steve Ballard and the Roadrunners honored seniors Katie Dugan, Jodi Leroy, Taylor Padia and Brittany Wilson for their contributions to the program the last four seasons.

UTSA will wrap up its home slate at 1 p.m. on Sunday when it hosts McNeese State (7-9, 2-4 SLC).

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