November 3, 2011
San Antonio – The St. Mary’s women’s soccer team placed five players on the All-Heartland Conference Team, including two on the First Team. But it was the name that was missing that might have stood out the most.
Defender Ashley Condrin (Sr., Trophy Club, Texas) and forward Leah Snelson (So., Dallas) made the First Team, while forward Kaitie Kasperitis (Fr., Corpus Christi, Texas), defender Ashlyn Leighton (So., Houston) and midfielder Amanda Cardoza (So., El Paso, Texas) were all named to the Second Team, the league announced Wednesday.
Not among the recognized player was midfielder/forward Leia Kirch, the conference’s fifth-leading scorer who also ranks third in game-winning goals with four – all after returning after missing last season with a devastating knee injury.
Despite not making the First Team, Kasperitis is second in the Heartland in both goals (11) and points (26), while Snelson also ranked as one of the Lady Rattlers’ top scoring threats, scoring four goals and recording three assists.
Condrin and Leighton played pivotal roles in helping St. Mary’s pitch four shutouts this season and total just 1.52 goals per game for the season.
Cardoza had two assists and took seven shots this year.
St. Mary’s (8-7-2), the third seed in the Heartland Conference Tournament, will play second-seeded St. Edward’s in the Heartland semifinals at 4 p.m. today in Dallas.