San Antonio – Roxana Carrasco set a school single-game record with 15 saves and Amanda McMullan’s goal with just 26 seconds left in regulation lifted St. Mary’s University into a 1-1 tie against the University of the Incarnate Word in Heartland Conference women’s soccer action Sunday night at Benson Field.
For 86 minutes the game was a toe-to-toe slugfest with neither team able to score. Finally in the 87th minute Lauren Evans took a short pass from Mallory Smith and beat Carrasco (Fr., El Paso) to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. St. Mary’s then pushed all 11 players, including Carrasco, forward to put pressure on goalkeeper Ashton Caffery. The added pressure finally paid off with time running out. With just 26 seconds left McMullan (Sr., Allen) picked up the ball in front of the net and beat Caffery, tying the game and sending it into overtime.
The Cardinals continued to dominate possession in the overtime period, outshooting the Rattlers, 6-2, in the overtimes. For the game UIW outshot the Rattlers 24-8. Carrasco was the difference for the Rattlers, breaking the school single-game record with 15 saves.
With the tie the Rattlers are now 5-12-2 overall and 4-7-1 in Heartland Conference play. UIW is now 13-1-2 and 9-0-2. The game concluded the 2008 season for St. Mary’s.