San Antonio – Mario Alarcon scored four minutes into the second overtime, lifting Eastern New Mexico University to an improbable 3-2 win in overtime against St. Mary’s University in men’s soccer action Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s University soccer field. The Rattler volleyball team also fell at home, dropping a 25-20, 25-18, 25-17, decision against the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.
The Rattlers looked to have the game won with time running out, thanks to a Robson Pritchett (Jr., McKinney) goal in the 71st minute. But ENMU made one last run with the clock running down. With just three seconds left in regulation, the work paid off as Michael James found the back of the net with time about to expire. Then, in the second overtime, the Greyhounds won the game when Alarcon dribbled into the Rattler penalty area, drew out Rattler goalkeeper Brett Collier (Sr., Schertz), then chipped the ball over his head into the net for the game winner.
With the loss, the Rattlers fell to 5-10-1 this season, while ENMU imrpoved to 11-5-3. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday when they host Incarnate Word at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field.
The Rattlers dropped their final home of the season in straight sets to the Lions. St. Mary’s had just 28 kills in the three-set match, while picking up 26 attack errors. UAFS, meanwhile, had 40 kills against 16 attack errors. Kori McCarver (Jr., San Antonio) led the way offensively with six kills, while Stephanie Flores (So., San Antonio) had 10 digs to lead the defense.
With the loss, the Rattlers fell to 6-21 this season, while UAFS improved to 28-3. St. Mary’s will hit the road for their next match, traveling to Laredo to face Texas A&M-International University on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Arkansas-Fort Smith vs St. Mary’s (Texas) (Oct 31, 2009 at San Antonio, TX)
Arkansas-Fort Smith def. St. Mary’s (Texas) 25-20, 25-18, 25-17
Eastern New Mexico (11-5-2) vs. St. Mary’s (Texas) (5-10-1)
Date: Oct 31, 200
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