MTSU Women's soccer ties in conference opener

Sep 17, 2018 at 08:00 am by Michelle Willard

MTSU Blue Raiders tied the UTSA Roadrunners

In their first Conference USA match-up of the season, Middle Tennessee tied the UTSA Roadrunners, 2-2.

The first half was plagued with missed opportunities for both teams as the half would end scoreless. Ten minutes into the second half Middle Tennessee would break the deadlock after Maddison Falter connected from long range.

UTSA countered scoring on a penalty kick not long after. MTSU would soon regain the lead after some nice team play from Sam DeBien and Hannah Tillett resulted in a goal, however, the Roadrunners would tie it back up just one minute later.

Regulation would end with the score being 2-2, forcing the two teams into overtime. After a feisty 20 minutes of extra time, neither team could find the back for MT's first tie in conference play since Oct. 25, 2015 against LA Tech (0-0).

The Raiders are now 5-2-1, 0-0-1 on the year while UTSA is 4-3-1, 0-0-1.

Match Moments

7' - CHANCE (MT) – Sydney Navarro nearly capitalizes on a corner opportunity by getting her head on the ball and directing it towards goal, however the shot would be saved.

32' – CHANCE (UTSA) – After a handball in the box by Middle Tennessee the Roadrunners had a penalty kick, Melissa Finley stepped up to take the shot and fired it off the post, keeping the game scoreless.

43' – CHANCE (MT) – Olivia Hansen fired off a nice shot from outside the box that was headed toward the far bottom corner, it would eventually be scooped up by the UTSA keeper Michelle Cole.

47' CHANCE (UTSA) – UTSA looked as if they had scored the first goal of the game, only to see it called off because of a Roadrunner handball prior to the shot.

54' – GOAL (MT) – The Blue Raiders finally broke the ice on the game after Maddison Falter ripped a beautiful curving shot from the top of the box that slipped past the goalie's fingers. Sam DeBien had the assist.


63' – SAVE (MT) – Celeste Barnard did well in preserving the shutout for the Blue Raiders after collecting a powerful shot driven from outside the box.

66' – GOAL (UTSA) – The Roadrunners tie up the game after a handball in the box results in a penalty kick. Goal scored by Marianne Hernandez.

76' – GOAL (MT) – Sam DeBien made some nice moves to open up some space for a pass to Hannah Tillett inside the box. Tillett had no problem in blasting a shot home over the keeper.


77' - GOAL (UTSA) – After some chaos inside the box the ball somehow got free and was placed in a wide-open net by Ellis Patterson. The goal came following a free kick.

82' – SAVE (MT) – Barnard halts UTSA from taking the lead after saving a well taken shot from outside the box.

91' – CHANCE (MT) – MTSU looked to put an end to overtime early but was unable to find the goal after a shot from Harriet Jones sailed over the crossbar.

106' – CHANCE (UTSA) – UTSA's Lexi Bolten got the ball with space and streaked toward goal but her shot went wide right to keep the game tied.

Next Match

Middle Tennessee continues conference play on Thursday, Sept. 20, as the Blue Raiders will travel to Houston, Texas to play Rice University. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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