San Antonio – A tough, 6-1 defeat against Lubbock Christian on Saturday gave the St. Mary’s men’s soccer team a push in re-gearing themselves for game play that mirrors their hard work and dedication to have a winning season.

“(This game) will tell us to wake up and play with more energy,” said coach Que Willis, whose team was coming off a victory against Houston-Victoria this past Thursday.

The Rattlers had five shot on goals, two by Anthony Bustos (Jr., San Antonio) and one apiece from Eduardo Serrano (So., Dallas) and Adam “Chuy” Muro (Jr., San Antonio), but they were unable to close the gap on Lubbock Christian at the Northside ISD Soccer Field.

The first half ended with the Rattlers down 3-0, but St. Mary’s (1-1) surged back in the second half with a speedy goal by Bustos, assisted by veteran senior Michael Hasbach (Colleyville, Texas) 10 minutes into the half, energizing the team offensively.

“We started moving the ball,” Willis said.

The St. Mary’s men’s soccer team is no stranger to getting looks at the goal, as it kept the Lubbock Christian goalkeeper on his heels with all five of its shots impressively being shot on goal.

The Rattlers’ own goalkeeper, David Schmelzer (So., Castroville, Texas), who holds the No. 2 spot in the St. Mary’s record book for saves, had one save against Lubbock Christian.

The horn blew before St. Mary’s could catch up to Lubbock Christian, which closed the game with a 6-1 lead.

The St. Mary’s men’s soccer team won’t have to wait long to defend their record, as they travel to take on Texas A&M International University on Sep. 7.

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