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SAN ANTONIO — Senior Annia Olivares leaves one last impression before retiring from Rattler soccer, being selected to the Heartland Conference All-Tournament Team.
Olivares’ (El Paso, Texas) honor came from her work in the Rattlers’ semifinal game against the nationally ranked St. Edward’s University on Thursday. As the No. 4 seed entering the conference tournament, the Rattlers faced one of the nation’s best in the Hilltoppers, falling 2-0. But with the defensive work of Olivares, the Hilltoppers were kept at bay, making her the sole Rattler to be represented on the All-Tournament Team.
Assisting her goalkeeper, Olivares made a particularly eye-popping play with a save in the net to prevent a Hilltopper goal.
Just before the tournament where she would excel, Olivares was selected to the All-Heartland Conference Second Team for the second time in her four-year career. The defender helped the Rattlers to four shutouts on the season and was a key component in St. Mary’s advancing to the conference tournament.
After spending last year’s tournament sidelined because of injury, Olivares broke out to end her career on a high note in the postseason with her All-Tournament Team selection.
St. Mary’s University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community service, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence. The University has six athletic national titles: men’s basketball (1989–NAIA), baseball (2001–NCAA Div. II), softball (1986–NAIA and 2002–NCAA Div. II) and an individual national champion in men’s golf (2006–NCAA Div. II) and a national academic championship in men’s golf (2009–NCAA Div. II). St. Mary’s also had more than 40 percent of its athletes named to conference, regional and/or national honor rolls this past year. St. Mary’s student–athletes graduation rate is 65 percent, higher than the NCAA Division II average of 55 percent. To learn more about St. Mary's, visit www.stmarytx.edu/athletics.