San Antonio – Angelo State University scored three second half goals to hold off a strong charge by St. Mary’s University as the Rambelles defeated the Rattlers, 3-1, in women’s soccer action Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s Soccer Field. The Rattler men fell on the road against West Texas A&M University by a 2-0 count to break a two-game win streak.
In the women’s game, the Rattlers battled to a scoreless tie for 66 minutes, before ASU tallied twice in less than eight minutes. In the 67th minute of the game an Angelo State player was fouled in the St. Mary’s penalty area, setting up a penalty kick for Christy Knaub. Knaub converted on the kick to give ASU a 1-0 lead. Then Kristen Boister dribbled deep into the Rattler end on a counter-attack, stopped just short of the goal line, then sent a cross into the penalty area where Brandie DeBacker took in the pass, spun around a defender and found the net for a 2-0 Rambelle lead.
But the Rattlers came back just over a minute later. Marcey Morales (Sr., Lytle) took a free kick and found Elizabeth Rubi (Fr., Fort Worth), who one-touched the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season, making the score 2-1. However, that was all that the Rattlers would get and Jennifer Bukowski sealed the win for ASU with a goal in the 87th minute.
With the loss, the Rattlers are now 1-8-1 overall this season, while Angelo State is 8-3-1. St. Mary’s will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Odessa to face the University of Texas of the Permian Basin at 2 p.m.
The men’s team was frustrated for 90 minutes against West Texas A&M University, picking up just seven shots against the Buffaloes 16 in a 2-0 loss. Ben Everson scored both goals for WTAMU, tallying in the 29th and 81st minutes of the game. The loss broke a two-game win streak and ended the Rattlers string of back-to-back shutouts.
With the loss the Rattlers fell to 3-5, while WTAMU improved to 6-3. St. Mary’s will return to action on Thursday when they host Texas A&M International University at 2 p.m. at the St. Mary’s University Soccer Fields.