San Antonio – St. Mary’s University men’s soccer player Luke Smith was named Heartland Conference defensive player of the week for his play against Eastern New Mexico University, it was announced by the league office this week.

Smith (Sr., Kerrville) helped St. Mary’s to its third straight win against Eastern New Mexico. Smith and the Rattlers allowed just five shots on goal in the 4-2 win over the Greyhounds. ENMU came into the contest averaging more than three goals per game. Smith also tallied his first goal of the season and second career goal in the second half of the win. For the season the Rattlers are allowing just 1.50 goals per game, while scoring 2.00 per contest.

The men’s soccer team (4-2 overall, 2-0 Heartland Conference) will face both of their major conference rivals when they travel to Austin today to take on the St. Edward’s University Hilltoppers at 5 p.m. in a key regional and Heartland Conference matchup. They will then take on the sixth-ranked University of Incarnate Word on Sunday at 7 p.m. in Boerne.

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