San Antonio – Daniel Sanguieti scored the winning goal in the second overtime, lifting St. Mary’s University past Texas A&M International University in Heartland Conference men’s soccer action Friday afternoon at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field.
Sanguieti’s (Fr., Tucson) was the first of his Rattler career and ended the game 1:10 into the second overtime. The goal came quickly, ending the marathon game. Chris Smith (So., San Antonio) dribbled down the right flank into Dustdevil territory. Smith then crossed the ball to the left side of the net where Sanguieti was waiting and headed the ball into the back of the net for the game-winner.
Texas A&M-International took the lead in the 24th minute when Raul Quinones took a long pass, dribbled through the defense and beat goalkeeper Jayson Horn (Jr., San Antonio) to the left corner for a 1-0 Dustdevil lead.
That was where things would stand for the next 60 minutes as the teams battled it out literally and figuratively. The teams combined for 48 fouls, four yellow cards and four red cards. The Rattlers outshot the Dustdevils 13-5 and took three more corner kicks, but were unable to break through despite numerous opportunities.
Smith changed that in the 82nd minute. Octavio Rodriguez (Fr., Cibolo) sent a cross to Smith, who was sitting in front of the goal and one-touched the ball while in the air into the right corner for the tying goal that sent the game into overtime. That goal set up Sanguieti’s overtime heroics.
With the win the Rattlers improved to 7-8-0 overall and 4-4-0 in Heartland Conference. TAMIU fell to 5-6-2 and 1-4-2. St. Mary’s will return to action on Sunday when they travel to Wichita Falls to face 8th-ranked Midwestern State University at 1 p.m.