San Antonio – The 13th-ranked University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos broke open a 2-2 game with seven goals over the final 27 minutes, aided by a pair of penalty kick calls, to defeat St. Mary’s University 9-2 in women’s soccer action Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field.
The Bronchos took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Moriah Chinnock and Ashton Morris in the first 12 minutes of the game. However, the Rattlers started to take control of the match midway through the first half. They were rewarded for their improved play when Amanda McMullan (Jr., Allen) dribbled down the left side of the field, got past one defender, then sent a cross to a wide-open Carolina Hernandez (Fr., El Paso), who one-touched the ball into the net, cutting the deficit to one at 2-1. The goal was the third of the season for Hernandez
The Rattlers continued to apply the same type of pressure early in the second half and were rewarded again in the 60th minute to tie things at 2-2. Alyssa Valdez (Jr., El Paso) dribbled past three UCO defenders, crossed the ball to Christina Mercedes (Fr., San Antonio), who spun around a defender, shot and scored her fourth goal of the season.
However, the game turned just four minutes later. In a 100-second period of the game two penalty kicks were called against the Rattlers, turning the tie game into a 4-2 deficit. UCO pulled away from there for the win.
Central Oklahoma outshot the Rattlers 25-13 in the game, while St. Mary’s was called for 18 fouls and was given three yellow cards. UCO was called for 13 fouls and was given no cards.
With the loss the Rattlers fell to 6-5-0 overall, while Central Oklahoma improved to 8-3-1. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday when they travel to Wichita, Kan., to face Newman University in a Heartland Conference game, starting at 7 p.m.