Football kicks off 2021 sports season with an exhibit at UIW on Saturday
The game will feature the enemies of crosstown in each of their first exhibition games of the 2021 season. UTSA will play a total of three shows, including Thursday in the State of Texas and will host St. Mary’s on August 15 in Park West Athletics Complex.
The Roadrunners are coming out of an abbreviated spring season due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. After the fall season was canceled due to the pandemic, the Roadrunners switched to a spring schedule and only played 11 games, including six league games.
UTSA returns each of the 15 student-athletes who started in 2021 and 17 of the 21 letter-winners for 2021. The Roadrunners were the top scorers during the 11-game spring schedule by junior. Abby kassal, a native of Parker, Colo., and a transfer from NC State, who scored four goals and one assist. Junior Albuquerque, New Mexico, native Already Sandoval added a pair of goals.
In addition to the three top scorers of the spring season, UTSA once again welcomes Ellis Patterson and Alyssa Blankenship, a pair of super seniors returning for their fifth season. Patterson ranks fifth in UTSA career history in points (45), fourth in points per game (0.74), fourth in goals (16), fifth in goals per game (0.26), sixth in game-winning goals (four), fourth in assists (13), second in assists per game (0.21) and eighth in shots (100). A product of Brandeis High School in San Antonio, Blankenship has been a fixture on the UTSA field, making 46 appearances in his first four seasons.
UTSA also welcomes back Lex Bolton, a junior forward from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Who ranks ninth in UTSA career history in points (26), seventh in points per game (0, 58), sixth in assists per game (0.18), fifth in shots (124) and sixth in shots on goal (59).
The Roadrunners also welcome back the two goalkeepers who made starts in the spring, including Taylor rath and Jil schneider. Schneider has started 10 of UTSA’s 11 games in goals, averaging 1.26 goals against average with 26 saves and a pair of clean sheets.
UTSA are also supported by the return of a remarkable center-back Kendall kloza, a product of Lee High School in San Antonio and dynamic midfielder Isa hernandez, a junior from Kyle, Texas.
Fourth year head coach Derek pittman leads the Roadrunners and is joined by a talented coaching team which includes a first year assistant Brock Duckworth, who just completed a four-year race at Florida Gulf Coast, and fourth-year goalie assistant / specialist Cameron Carter. UTSA also added a volunteer assistant coach and performance analyst Aidan Reagh to the coaching staff.
UTSA will officially open its 2021 season at the 16th Oklahoma State on August 19 in Stillwater, Okla.
The UIW is emerging from a spring season in which the Cardinals played 14 games in total, going 6-5-3 and 5-3-3 in the Southland Conference. UIW averaged 1.43 goals per game in the spring, with a goals against average of 0.95. Hannah Walsh led the UIW with four goals in the spring, with Sierra Wannamaker and Keeley Ayala each scoring three. Margaret Krofon has played all 14 games in front of goals, averaging 0.82 goals against and 11 goals against.
The Roadrunners and Cardinals have only met once on the field officially, a 6-0 UTSA victory in 2018 at Benson Stadium. Bolton and Patterson each scored a pair of goals and had two assists. This is UTSA’s biggest win since a 7-0 victory in 2011.
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