San Antonio – St. Edward’s University scored two goals in the final 23 minutes of play to break open a scoreless tie and defeat St. Mary’s University, 2-0, in Heartland Conference women’s soccer action Tuesday afternoon at the St. Mary’s University Soccer Field. The Rattler men also fell, by a 4-0 count, to West Texas A&M University on Tuesday.

In the women’s game the Rattlers were able to keep the game close for 67 minutes thanks to the strong play of Jamie Talley (Fr., Iowa Park) and a defense led by Kelly Dowd (Jr., Plano). But in the 68th minute Janae Averett picked up a loose ball in the box and set it past a diving Talley for the first goal of the game. Claire Cella iced the game with a perfectly placed ball just out of the reach of Talley in the 85th minute for the final score.

With the loss the Rattlers fell to 8-9-1 overall and 4-5-1 in Heartland Conference play, while the 21st-ranked Hilltoppers improved to 15-3 and 9-1.

The Rattler men were unable to keep up with a fast and physical West Texas A&M squad that entered play ranked 27th in the nation. WTAMU scored in the 10th minute of the game on a goal by Aaron Thornton and added another goal before the half to make it 2-0 at the break. Though the Rattlers took 15 shots in the game, they only had three shots on goal, while Rattler keeper Jayson Horn (Jr., San Antonio) faced 11 shots on goal, making seven saves in the loss.

With the loss the Rattlers fell to 7-10 overall, while WTAMU improved to 15-2. Both St. Mary’s teams will return to action on Friday afternoon when they travel to Laredo to face Texas A&M International University in a Heartland Conference doubleheader. The men will play at 1 p.m., followed by the women at 3 p.m.

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