Senior quarterback Eric Soza was named to both the Manning Award (nation’s top QB) and the inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award (top offensive player in Division I with ties to the state of Texas) preseason watch lists back in August. He is the first Roadrunners football player ever to be named to a national award preseason watch list. Soza, who graduated last May with a degree in physical education and is in his first year of graduate school, recently was named to the 2013 AFCA Good Works Team. He also is a 2013 Senior CLASS Award nominee.
UTSA is in its first season of playing at the new Park West Athletics Complex. The team, which includes 14 newcomers, opened the facility on Aug. 16 with an exhibition game. Freshman goalkeeper Bubba Makela helped the Roadrunners to a successful opening weekend of Conference USA play with nine saves over 200 scoreless minutes in the 0–0 tie with Florida Atlantic on Sept. 27 and the 2–0 victory against Rice two days later. For her efforts, she was the first freshman to earn C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors this fall.
The women opened the 2013 season with a victory at the Texas Lutheran Invitational and three other runner-up performances. Senior Nina Herrera led the way for the Roadrunners. She was named Conference USA Athlete of the Week on Sept. 23 following her second-place effort at the UTSA Ricardo Romo Classic and also was victorious at the TLU Invite, which helped the Roadrunners win the team title for the third consecutive year.
The men won their third consecutive crown at the Texas Lutheran Invitational on Sept. 7 and the Roadrunners posted two other runner-up performances to open the 2013 campaign.
UTSA will host a pair of NCAA Championship events in 2014. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Second and Third Rounds will be held March 21 and March 23 at the AT&T Center, while the NCAA Men’s Golf San Antonio Regional is scheduled for May 15–17 at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.
Senior outside hitter McKenzie Adams was named the preseason Conference USA Player of the Year and the Roadrunners were voted second in the league’s preseason poll. On Sept. 16, Adams was the first player in conference history to sweep the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards in a single week. The Roadrunners opened league play with a pair of road victories at Tulane and Louisiana Tech on the last weekend of September.
UTSA opened the fall campaign with a strong performance at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate on Sept. 9–10 in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Roadrunners recorded the fifth-best 54-hole scorecard in school history with a four-over-par 293–281–282–856 en route to an eighth-place finish. Sophomore Brett Hogan also stamped his name in the record book with a five-under 74–67- 67–208, the best score by a Roadrunner in 10 years and the fifth-best in program annals.