SAN ANGELO–Freshman Christina Mercedes scored the first two goals of her collegiate career, helping St. Mary’s University to break a three-game losing streak with a convincing 4-1 win over Angelo State University in women’s soccer action Friday afternoon.
After scoring just two goals over the last three games the Rattlers wasted no time in getting on the board against the Rambelles. Just 7:13 into the game Lauren Scally (Fr., Rhome) scored her first collegiate goal off a cross from Marcey Morales (Jr., Lytle) to give the Rattlers a 1-0 lead. Then, right before the end of the half the Rattlers struck again. Ana Primera (So., San Antonio) sent a pass to Elizabeth Hoffman (Jr., Plano) to give the Rattlers a 2-0 lead at the 37:49.
In the second half the teams battled without any scoring until late in the game when the Rattlers clinched the win. Mercedes (Fr., San Antonio) took a pass from Carolina Hernandez (Fr., El Paso) and put the Rattlers up 3-0. She came back just six minutes later and scored an unassisted goal to give the Rattlers a 4-0 lead.
Carissa Trousdale (Fr., Baytown) made the start in goal and had a shutout until the final three minutes, making two saves along the way.
With the win the Rattlers improved to 3-3 overall, while Angelo State fell to 2-3-1. St. Mary’s will return to action on Sunday when they travel to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin for a 1 p.m. start in a Heartland Conference game.