San Antonio – It was halftime of what would become yet another victory for the St. Mary’s University women’s soccer team Friday, when sophomore Leia Kirch was asked about her injured knee.
“It’s good,” said a smiling Kirch (Carrollton, Texas) of the injury she suffered earlier this week. “Just an ACL.”
That a season-ending knee injury could be classified as “good” shows just how good of times these are for the Rattlers.
St. Mary’s rolled to a 2-1 victory over the University of Texas-Permian Basin at St. Mary’s Soccer Field, securing its fourth victory over the past five games.
Carolina Hernandez (Sr., San Antonio) provided an early goal – her fourth in the past two games – while Andrea Gregg (Jr., Austin, Texas) also found the back of the net to help the Rattlers (5-5-1) improve to 2-0 in Heartland Conference play.
Texas-Permian Basin’s Kaylen Gerky scored in the 67th minute to slice the Rattlers’ 2-0 lead in half, but it wasn’t enough a Rattlers defense that allowed just six shots.
St. Mary’s red-hot offense was just as sharp, amassing its 10th and 11th goals over the past five games, a stretch that has seen the team surpass last year’s win total of four.
In the game’s 17th minute, Hernandez took a pass from Melinda Gentry (Sr., Plano, Texas) and found the right corner of the net from about five yards away.
Gregg followed up with a goal in the 47th minute, finding the net on a shot from 25 yards out that beat the fully stretched goalkeeper.