Lady Lions given red card in first round of the SLC Tournament

Points were scarce in the Lady Lion’s match against the University of Texas at San Antonio. The match, which went into double overtime, saw just one point scored in favor of the Roadrunners.

The Roadrunners had the first scoring opportunity in the 25th minute of the game, but a save by junior goalkeeper Cassie Northrup kept the match all knotted up. The lone scoring attempt by the Lady Lions came from sophomore forward Ann Stranges, which was negated by Roadrunner goalkeeper Danielle Snyder.  

The match would remain scoreless in the second half, despite a breakaway attempt by junior midfielder Karly Dagys. The Roadrunners nearly put the game away in the second half when a kick by midfielder Liv Nyhegn found the cross bar. The ball then rebounded to forward Annisa Munson, who also missed the net.

The Lady Lions maintained control of the ball for the majority of the first overtime but did not attempt a shot. UTSA managed just one, a failed attempt by forward Maria Jose Rojas.

Rojas would be the key factor in overtime though, scoring the game’s only point on a pass from Nyhegn.

That goal ended the Lady Lions season with a record of 11-7-1.

“We fought hard today and for the most part we played well,” Southeastern head coach Blake Hornbuckle said in an interview with “Ultimately, we were too banged up to finish the job.”

UTSA went on to lose against the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks in the ensuing round. Stephen F. Austin went on to play the Texas State Bobcats in the final round, with the Bobcats being crowned best in the Southland Conference.

The Lady Lions will lose only one player next season, senior defender Kyle MacIntosh, and will return juniors Maiya Cooper and Karly Dagys, and sophomore Kelsey Salcido.

The Lady Lions started off the season strong, winning seven of their first 10 games, losing just two and ending one match in a draw.

However, over their last eight games, the Lady Lions stumbled to a 4-4 record, leaving them with a 11-6-1 record in the regular season.