SAN ANTONIO – Junior Rebecca Beatty continued her solid play of late with a first-half goal, but Charlotte could not find another before UTSA rallied late to force a 1-1 draw in Conference USA women’s soccer action Sunday.
Beatty drove home her second goal in as many games, and third of 2015, when she received a pass from Martha Thomas near the top of the box and slotted it behind Roadrunners’ goalkeeper Isabella Sanchez at 29:13 to give Charlotte (6-11-1, 2-6-1 C-USA) a 1-0 lead.
The 49ers, who started three freshmen, including first-timers Carling Goold and Amelia Clower, continued to push forward in hopes of increasing their differential to multiple scores. Senior Victoria Fubara and Thomas each were credited with shots in the early stages of the second period, but neither was able to put their attempts between the pipes.
UTSA (1-14-2, 1-7-1 C-USA) made its run late in regulation, starting with a corner kick with just under seven minutes remaining. The change in field possession eventually resulted in the tying goal, at 84:46, when Sam Batley fed Brianna Livecchi, who in turn sent a cross in front of the goal mouth to Harper Luczka, who tapped it in past netminder Annika McHenry. McHenry entered the game at the intermission in the place of freshman Abby Coffey, who registered a career-high five saves in the opening 45 minutes in her second career start.
Midway through the first extra period, the Niners had their best look but junior Perri Bonner’s shot hit off the post. It was the only attempt for either side The Roadrunners then took advantage of a corner kick to open the second overtime, but McHenry was able to stop Britt Von Schneidau’s header to keep her team in contention. Thomas sent a shot wide late for the only other attempt by both teams.
Thomas topped all players with five shots, while Fubara added three, and Bonner, Beatty and redshirt freshman Bella Osborne each tallied two.
Von Schneidau and Kaja Skare paced the Roadrunners with two attempts apiece.
Charlotte will close the season at 7 p.m. Friday when it plays host to FIU on Senior Night. The 49ers will honor the on and off the field careers of this year’s senior class, Caitlin Donovan, Fubara, Maddie Kiebel, McHenry and Loren Reilley.