San Antonio–David Peterson scored his fifth goal of the season, while three other St. Mary’s University players put in their first goal of the season as the Rattlers rolled to a 4-2 win over Eastern New Mexico University in men’s soccer action Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field.
After scoring 16 goals all of last season, the Rattlers have scored eight goals over just the last two games. Peterson (Fr., Saginaw) put in his fifth goal in six games this season.
The Rattlers started fast for the second straight game. In just the eighth minute of the game Bryon Plagge (Jr., San Antonio) sent a throw in to Kris Sumter (Sr., San Antonio) in the penalty area, who headed the ball to Funmilola Dada (Sr., Houston), who then one-touched the ball into the net for a 1-0 Rattler lead. That was it for the scoring for the Rattlers in the first half, but ENMU tied things late on a goal by Edgar Bear.
Peterson then put the Rattlers up for good in the 61st minute when he outraced a soft pass back to goalkeeper Leif Craddock and beat Craddock to give the Rattlers a 2-1 lead. Eight minutes later Luke Smith (Sr., Kerrville) took a free kick from just outside the penalty area and beat Craddock for a 3-1 lead. Zach Valdez (Sr., Plano) finished off the scoring for the Rattlers with his first goal of the season in the 87th minute.
Jayson Horn (Jr., San Antonio) recorded his third win in as many games in goal for the Rattlers. He made three saves. Craddock made six saves for the Greyhounds, while facing 21 shots.
With the win the Rattlers have now won three straight games and improved to 4-2 overall this season. ENMU fell to 3-4. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday when they travel to Austin to face St. Edward’s University in a Heartland Conference matchup.