San Antonio – The St. Mary’s University men’s soccer team looks to build on its strong start to the season, while the women’s soccer and volleyball teams hit the road this week in Rattler Athletics action.

Over the past week, Rattler soccer has brought excitement and anticipation to Rattler fans at St. Mary’s. Last Thursday, in front of a crowd of 400, the men’s soccer team defeated Our Lady of the Lake University 2-0 in the first meeting between the Rattlers and the Saints at the St. Mary’s soccer field. Adam Villanueva (Sr., DeSoto) helped the Rattlers start the second half off strong with a penalty kick, which finally broke the scoreless tie. Monday’s action against Texas A&M International resulted in a 2-2 tie which places the Rattlers at 2-1-1 overall this season.  Friday, September 11th the Rattler’s will play St. Thomas at 3:30 pm at the St. Mary’s University soccer field. Action will continue at Rattler Field on Sunday, Sept. 13th at 1 p.m. when the Rattlers face Midwestern State University.

The Lady Rattlers soccer team faced Our Lady of the Lake University last week which resulted in a 2-2 tie.  Losses against Northwest Missouri State and Missouri Southern State University over the Labor Day weekend placed the Lady Rattlers at 0-4-1 for the season. The Rattlers will take on Texas A&M Commerce this Sunday in Commerce.

The St. Mary’s volleyball team returned this week from a tournament at Dowling University placing the team at 1-7 for the season. The Rattlers will return to action on Friday, Sept. 11, when they travel to Warrensburg, Mo., for the Peggy Martin Classic. They will face the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the first match of the tournament at 11 a.m.

Wrapping up the weekend events, the women’s cross country team placed sixth over the weekend at the Texas State invitational in San Marcos. Marcey Morales (Sr., Lytle) led the Rattlers with a time of 19:38 for the three-mile run, while Ariel Ornales, (Fr., Fort Worth) finished right behind Morales at the top of the pack in 20 minutes, 35 seconds. The invitational marked Ornales’ first race as a collegiate student-athlete. You can catch the team Friday September 18th at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas Classic in San Antonio.

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