WICHITA, Kan. – Life went on Friday night for the St. Mary’s men’s soccer program, which suddenly found itself playing without starting goalkeeper David Schmelzer.
The sophomore from Castroville, Texas, went down with an injury against Texas A&M International last week, meaning it will be redshirt sophomore Patrick Kasperitis’ job to patrol the net for the foreseeable future.
Kasperitis got off to a good start against Newman on Friday, registering six saves and allowing just a single goal. But with the Rattlers unable to offer any offensive support, the performance went for naught, as the Jets prevailed 1-0 at Wilkins Field.
Newman’s Amadou Doumbia snuck one past Kasperitis (So., Corpus Christi, Texas) in the 41st minute, proving all the Jets (2-3, 1-0 Heartland) needed to stymie the Rattlers (1-3, 0-2).
St. Mary’s recorded 10 shots with four on goal, compared to Newman’s 13 and 7, respectively.
The Rattlers will be back in action Sunday, when they’ll face Northeastern State at 2 p.m. in Tahlequah, Okla.