San Antonio – As Corwyn Ritch watched goalkeeper Felicia Lombardo get shaken up in practice earlier this week, the St. Mary’s University women’s soccer coach had just one thought cross his mind.
Really, another injury?
Injuries have ailed the Rattlers lately, but it turned out that Lombardo was fine. And good thing, too.
Back in the net Thursday, the freshman from New Braunfels, Texas maintained a clean sheet, helping the Rattlers top Dallas Baptist University 1-0 in overtime on senior Carolina Hernandez’s dramatic goal with 1:03 remaining in the extra period.
With a mad scramble around the net, Hernandez collected the rebound and fired a short shot off the keeper that dribbled into the net.
Lombardo pitched 95 minutes of shutout play, saving one shot in the process.
For Hernandez, the game-winner kept alive her scoring streak, as the El Paso, Texas native has scored in each of the past four games.
Earlier this week, she earned Heartland Conference Player of the Week honors after totaling four goals throughout the week, including a hat trick against Texas A&M International.
Hernandez’s ferocious play has coincided with the Rattlers’ own revival, as St. Mary’s now boasts a 6-4-1 record after beginning the year at 1-4-0. The Rattlers (3-0 in conference) remain tied atop the league standings with St. Edward’s University.
St. Mary’s outshot Dallas Baptist 10-6. Hernandez, Amanda Cardoza (Fr., El Paso, Texas), Emilie Snelson (Jr., Fairview, Texas) and Melinda Gentry (Sr., Plano, Texas) each attempted two shots apiece in the game.