ODESSA, Texas – After claiming their first victory on the season, the Rattlers got another for their first conference win against the University of Texas-Permian Basin on Saturday.

Currently on a two-game winning trek, the Rattlers (2-4-1, 1-1-1 in conference) stumped the Falcons (5-2, 3-1) from their undefeated Heartland Conference play, giving them their first loss while gaining their own first conference win with only seconds to spare in the 2-1 triumph.  

An unassisted Falcon goal from 40 yards out during the first 20 minutes of the game would remain the only goal until the 83rd minute, when the Rattlers began their strike.

Shooting on goal for nine out of their 12 total shots, St. Mary’s connected with only seven minutes left in the game from a freshman duo. A well-placed corner kick from Alexis Santamaria (San Antonio) gave Armando Macias (San Antonio) a clear lane to punch in his first collegiate goal and make it a tie game 1-1.

With only 20 seconds remaining in the game, the Rattlers ripped down the field past defenders for Devon Foster (So., Castroville, Texas) to find Andrew Carrasco (Sr., Corpus Christi, Texas) for the game-winner and his first goal on the season to end it 2-1.

Silencing the Falcons’ undefeated conference play, keeper Patrick Kasperitis (Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas) put down five saves on the day to add another win to his record.

Jack Wolf (Fr., Richardson, Texas), Fernando Arias-Williams (So., Houston) and Zach Strater (So., Carrollton, Texas) had two shots on goal against the Falcons, while Santamaria and scorers Macias and Carrasco each had one.

The Rattlers will go for three straight against rival St. Edward’s Thursday at the Northside ISD Soccer Field at 3:30 p.m.

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