October 14, 2008
San Antonio – The St. Mary’s University men’s and women’s soccer teams, along with the volleyball team, will be at home this weekend, highlighting the upcoming schedule for Rattler Athletics.
The volleyball team (6-12 overall, 3-4 Heartland Conference) looks to break a four-match losing streak when it hosts Oklahoma Panhandle State University Friday at 7 p.m. in Bill Greehey Arena. The Rattlers defeated the Aggies 25-15, 25-22, 25-17, earlier this season in Goodwell, Okla. They will then take on Newman University on Saturday at 2 p.m., also in Bill Greehey Arena. St. Mary’s defeated Newman, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17, 25-14, on Sept. 20 in Wichita, Kan. St. Mary’s lost a heartbreaker Monday night to Bentley in five sets, 20-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13. Sarah Moreno (Sr., Pearland) led the way for the Rattlers with a career-high 24 kills, while Kirsten Chapman (Fr., Jourdanton) had 16 kills, also a career high, in the loss.
The men’s soccer team will continue its homestand with a key Heartland Conference matchup against nationally ranked St. Edward’s University on Friday at 4 p.m. The Hilltoppers ranked 16th in the nation in the latest NSCAA Coaches Poll and is 10-2 overall, 4-0 in Heartland Conference play. The Rattlers are coming off a tough 3-2 loss against Texas A&M International University Friday, Oct. 10 at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field. The Rattlers are 3-6 overall and 1-4 in Heartland Conference play, but have been very tough at home with scoring two of their three wins at St. Mary’s Field, and pushing regionally ranked Midwestern State and Incarnate Word before falling. Defense has been the Rattlers strength this season as they have allowed just 14 goals in nine games. Joseph Diaz (Fr., San Antonio) scored his second goal of the season Sunday, Oct. 12 tying him for the team lead. St. Mary’s will hit the road next Sunday, Oct. 19, to face Texas A&M-International in Laredo at 7 p.m.
The women’s soccer team (2-10-1 overall, 1-5 Heartland Conference) will try to build on its impressive win over Texas A&M International last week when they host Dallas Baptist University in a Heartland Conference matchup on Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field. DBU won the first meeting between the teams, 3-0, in Dallas on Sept. 11. Six different Rattlers scored in the Rattlers 6-1 win over the Dustdevils. Andrea Gregg (Fr., Austin), Jenae Steensma (Jr., Weatherford) and Ashley Condrin (Fr., Trophy Club) all tallied their first goals as Rattlers against the Dustdevils.
The women’s cross country team returns from a three-week break to compete in the Heartland Conference Championships in Dallas on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. The Rattlers finished third in the meet last season. The men’s golf team will wrap up play at the Cameron Invitational today in Duncanville, Okla.