San Antonio – Danny Kelly and Rodrigo Ramos each scored their first two goals of the season, but a second half comeback helped Texas A&M-International University pick up a 2-2 tie with St. Mary’s University in the Heartland Conference opener for both teams Monday night. The Rattler women fell on the road to Missouri Southern State University by a 3-0 count.

Kelly (So., Tucscon, Ariz.) gave the Rattlers a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when he took a pass from Stephen Gamez (Fr., San Antonio) and ripped the net. Ramos (Jr., The Woodlands) followed with his first goal of the season in the 40th minute to make it 2-0. That was where the score stood at the half.

But in a game that featured 12 cautions and two red cards, the Rattlers were not able to hold off a TAMIU team that played a man up for the entire second half. Roy Hernandez scored twice in a six minute period, including one a penalty kick that tied the game.

Brett Collier (Sr., Schertz) held on from there, picking up nine saves. St. Mary’s is now 2-1-1 overall and 0-0-1 in Heartland Conference play. TAMIU is 0-1-1, 0-0-1. The Rattlers will return to action on Friday when they host St. Thomas University at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field.

In the women’s game, Roxie Carrasco (So., San Antonio) made a season-best 11 saves, but the Rattler offensive had just eight shots in a 3-0 loss.

With the loss, St. Mary’s fell to 0-4-1 this season, while MSSU improved to 2-2. St. Mary’s will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 13, when they travel to Commerce to face Texas A&M University-Commerce at noon.

St. Mary’s (Texas) (2-1-1) vs. Texas A&M Intl. (0-1-1)
 Date: Sep 07, 2009  Attendance: 123
 Weather: warm partly cloudy

 Goals by period       1  2 OT O2  Tot
 St. Mary’s (Texas)..  2  0  0  0 –  2
 Texas A&M Intl……  0  2  0  0 –  2
  1.  29:03 STMU Daniel Kelly (Stephen Gamez) – 12 yards out left side to middle
  2.  39:07 STMU Rodrigo Ramos (Aaron Stares) – free kick from 30 yards header from 5
  3.  47:37 TAMIU Roy Hernandez (Christian Salazar) – 5 yards out middle
  4.  53:38 TAMIU Roy Hernandez Penalty kick

 Shots: St. Mary’s (Texas) 17, Texas A&M Intl. 23
 Saves: St. Mary’s (Texas) 9 (Brett Collier 9), Texas A&M Intl. 8 (Luis
 Rincon 8)

 St. Mary’s (Texas) (0-4-1) vs. Missouri Southern (2-2)
 Date: Sep 07, 2009  Attendance: 225
 Weather: Sunny

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 St. Mary’s (Texas)..  0  0 –  0
 Missouri Southern…  2  1 –  3
  1.  26:07 MSSU Clark,Candis (White,Jentri) – header from 5 yards center
  2.  44:46 MSSU Dimza,Michelle (Vonderheid,Alicia)
  3.  61:15 MSSU Sanders,Cortney (Heines,Stephanie)

 Shots: St. Mary’s (Texas) 8, Missouri Southern 22
 Saves: St. Mary’s (Texas) 11 (Roxana Carrasco 11), Missouri Southern 5
 (Russell,Randi 5)

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