San Antonio – Elizabeth Hoffman led a second half offensive barrage as St. Mary’s University tallied four times in the second period and defeated Georgian Court University, 4-0, in women’s soccer action Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field.
Hoffman (Jr., Plano) scored in the 61st minute and the 88th minute as the Rattlers broke out of a first half offensive funk. The two-goal game was the second of Hoffman’s career, matching the two goals she scored as a freshman in 2005 against Texas A&M International University.
Deann Lopez (Sr., El Paso) broke the scoreless tie in the 46th minute, lifting a high-arcing shot from just inside the right side of the penalty area and just over the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Lindsay Hammond into the far corner of the net. After Hoffman put her first goal into the back of the net Carolina Hernandez (Fr., El Paso) took a cross from Brandi Battles and ripped the nets for her first collegiate goal in her first game as a Rattler.
On the defensive end Jamie Montero (Fr., Iowa Park, Texas) posted a shutout in her first collegiate game, making seven saves along the way. Hammond took the loss in goal for the Lions, making four saves.
St. Mary’s improved to 1-0 with the win and won its fifth straight season opener. Georgian Court dropped to 1-1 with the loss. The Rattlers will continue their two-game homestand to start the season when they host Abilene Christian on Friday, August 31 at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field. ACU is in its first season of varsity soccer.