Edmond, Okla. – In a sense, the St. Mary’s University women’s soccer team made the most of a limited number of opportunities Friday, converting one goal off just two shots on goal against the University of Central Oklahoma.

Unfortunately, the Rattlers’ efficiency wasn’t enough at the Alumni Weekend Invitational.

Powered by 25 shots, Central Oklahoma came away with a 2-1 victory over the Rattlers, who were on the road for the first time this season.

Summer Grantham put Central Oklahoma up 1-0 with two minutes left in the first half, an advantage that swelled to 2-0 when Katy Kashwer punched in a goal just before halftime.

But the Rattlers (1-4) stormed back to cut the deficit in half, as sophomore defender Leia Kirch (Carrollton, Texas) scored with 17 minutes remaining.

St. Mary’s nearly tied the game four minutes later, as the Central Oklahoma goalkeeper Samantha Rusk stopped a shot but lost control of the ball, setting up a golden opportunity for the Rattlers. But Central Oklahoma was able to clear the ball to prevent the goal and save the victory.

The Rattlers will play East Central University at 12 p.m. Sunday in Edmond.

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