San Antonio – St. Mary’s midfielder Adam “Chuy” Muro made a beautiful move Friday, darting toward West Texas A&M’s net with an aggressive attack just two minutes into the non-conference affair.
Muro then delivered a terrific strike right at the keeper – which, of course, sailed a few feet over the crossbar.
Such was life for the Rattlers, who fell 3-1 before about 70 fans at the Northside ISD Soccer Field in a game they walked away knowing they were good enough to win.
“It’s just a matter of having an end product,” said freshman Omar Sanchez (San Antonio), whose Rattlers dropped to 3-8 on the season. “We build it up. We have chances. But we just don’t get the goals.
“If you don’t get goals, you don’t get points. It’s as simple as that. They got three chances and they put it away.”
Aaron Stares (Jr., Swindon, England) delivered a late goal for St. Mary’s, connecting in the 76th minute to eat away at a 3-0 deficit. But it wasn’t enough, as the 2-0 lead West Texas A&M (5-6) built in the first half loomed large the rest of the game.
The Buffs outshot the Rattlers 16-6, with St. Mary’s keeper Patrick Kasperitis (RS-So., Corpus Christi, Texas) recording eight saves in the game. Anthony Bustos (Jr., Helotes, Texas) led St. Mary’s with two shots in the game.
St. Mary’s will be back in action Sunday, taking on Eastern New Mexico in another non-conference contest. The game, set for 1 p.m., will mark the Rattlers’ last “home-away-from-home” game at the Northside ISD Soccer Field. St. Mary’s will play Texas A&M International at 7 p.m. Wednesday at a to-be-determined local site, and later play a “home” game at Our Lady of the Lake.
St. Mary’s home field has been out of use this season due to the construction of the new Outdoor Sports Complex.