San Antonio – Freshman David Peterson scored his sixth goal of the season to lift St. Mary’s University to a 1-0 upset win over the University of the Incarnate Word in Heartland Conference men’s soccer action Wednesday afternoon at the St. Mary’s University Soccer Field.
Peterson (Fr., Saginaw) broke a scoreless tie in the 79th minute and ended a 206-minute scoreless streak for the Rattlers with the goal. The play started out innocently enough as UIW goalkeeper Gil Ben Nachum picked up a loose ball in the box and threw it out to a defender, who was near the sideline. But Scott Kilpatrick (Sr., Converse) intercepted the pass, dribbled around Nachum and sent a cross into the box that deflected off Bryon Plagge (Jr., San Antonio) and right to a wide-open Peterson, who one-touched the ball into the back of the net for the lead.
That was all that Jayson Horn (Jr., San Antonio) needed. Horn made four saves and cut off several other opportunities for the Cardinals to post his second shutout of the season.
The teams combined for 25 shots in the game, with UIW taking 14 and St. Mary’s taking 11. There were 26 fouls called in the game and three yellow cards were issued, with two going to UIW and one to St. Mary’s.
With the win the Rattlers improved to 5-6-0 overall and 3-2-0 in Heartland Conference play. Incarnate Word lost its third straight game and fell to 5-3-2 and 4-1-1. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday when they host St. Thomas University at 4:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s University Soccer Fields.