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Men’s Soccer Rolls to First Win of the Season

San Antonio – St. Mary’s University broke out of an early season scoring slump to roll past Hardin-Simmons University, 5-1, in men’s soccer action Thursday afternoon at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field. The Rattler volleyball team fell to Abilene Christian, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21, and the women’s soccer team lost to Dallas Baptist, 3-0.

The Rattlers broke a three-game scoreless drought in the 25th minute when Joseph Diaz (Fr., San Antonio) took a long pass from Adam Villanueva (Jr., DeSoto) and hit the ball off goalkeeper Logan Waters for the first goal of the season. That was where it would stay until halftime. The Rattlers broke the game open with two goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Daniel Kelly (Fr., Tucson, Ariz.) picked up his first collegiate goal in the 51st minute and Rodrigo Ramos (So., The Woodlands) added an unassisted goal in the 61st minute. Sean Strater (So., Carrolton) and David Peterson (So., Saginaw) added late goals to put the game out of reach.

With the win the Rattlers improved to 1-3. Hardin-Simmons fell to 1-3. The Rattlers scheduled game against West Texas A&M University on Sunday was postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Ike. St. Mary’s next game will instead be Friday, Sept. 19 against the University of the Incarnate Word at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Soccer Field.

The women’s soccer team lost its fourth straight game to start the season. Brittany Layne scored in the 10th minute of the game and Kimberley Wepler added another goal before halftime. St. Mary’s totaled nine shots, but could not get past the DBU defense in a 3-0 loss. The Rattlers are now 0-4 this season. Their scheduled game against Texas A&M University-Commerce on Saturday was cancelled due to Hurricane Ivan. The Rattlers next game will be on Thursday, Sept. 18, against West Texas A&M University at St. Mary’s Soccer Field.

The volleyball team dropped its sixth straight match, falling to Abilene Christian in straight sets. Kori McCarver (So., San Antonio) had eight kills to lead the Rattlers, but St. Mary’s made 19 attack errors as a team in the loss. St. Mary’s is now 3-6 this season. They will play against sixth-ranked West Texas A&M University on Friday at 10 a.m. in Bill Greehey Arena.