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UWS Roundup Week VIII

By UWS News, Friday, June 28, 2019

Houston Aces 5 San Antonio Athenians 2 - Riding a three-game winning streak, the San Antonio Athenians (3-2-0) traveled to Houston looking to dethrone the defending conference champions. Yet, the Houston Aces (6-0-0) were up to the task and responded every time the visitors attempted a comeback in a 5-2 victory.

The hosts started the match aggressively but it took until the 37th minute for Houston to get on the score board when Tatiana Ariza scored her first goal of the evening on goalkeeper Michelle Cole (four saves). The Athenians hit the equalizer a couple of minutes later when Aces keeper Alexis Espino (two saves) challenged Megan Wilcox and she instinctively found Briana Woodall, who finished with a sliding kick. Unfortunately for the visitors, their offense unraveled at the start of the second half and the Aces took advantage.

Lauren Hughes gave Houston the 2-1 lead in the 54th minute that they would not relinquish. Ariza added two more goals in the span of three minutes to give the hosts a three-goal lead. Woodall connected on a free kick in the 73rd minute to cut the deficit but the Aces buckled down and added a fifth goal in stoppage time.