San Antonio – St. Mary’s University men’s soccer coach Que Willis announced on Wednesday the signing of Tucson, Ariz., native Daniel Kelly to a national letter of intent to join the Rattlers, starting with the 2008 season.

Kelly, a 5’11” forward, comes to St. Mary’s after playing for coach Wolfgang Weber at Salpointe Catholic High School. He was a four-year letterwinner, who earned all-region and all-state honors as a senior. He was his team captain, earned “Most Inspirational” award and was his team’s Player of the Year. He averaged 1.14 goals per game as a senior, the top average on the team. He helped lead Salpointe to three state tournament appearances: a runner-up finish in 2006, and quarterfinals berths each of the last two seasons. Off the field he was a member of the Honor Roll.

Kelly is the third signee for the Rattlers this offseason. St. Mary’s finished 8-11 overall last season and 5-5 in Heartland Conference play, good for third place in the conference. They had wins over the University of the Incarnate Word and St. Edward’s University, both of whom were regionally ranked last season. The eight wins ties for the most since the 2002 season. The Rattlers will open the 2008 season on Friday, August 29 at 2 p.m. against Midwestern State University at St. Mary’s Soccer Field.

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