DALLAS – St. Mary’s women’s soccer walked off the field Saturday feeling the sting of defeat. Not long thereafter, however, the Lady Rattlers enjoyed the thrill of victory.

After falling to Dallas Baptist 2-0 in their regular-season finale, the Lady Rattlers learned they had secured the fourth and final spot in the Heartland Conference Tournament thanks to Newman’s surprising defeat to Texas-Permian Basin in Wichita, Kan.

St. Mary’s (9-9, 3-7 in Heartland Conference) finished one game above Newman in the win column, thanks in large part to last week’s double-overtime victory over the Jets.

DBU (16-2, 9-1) opened up the scoring when Lindsey Eccles connected for the 10th time this season in the 43rd minute. Baylie Hill tacked on a goal in the 76th minute. The Patriots outshot the Lady Rattlers 21-6, sneaking two past St. Mary’s goalie Paola Ostos (Jr., El Paso, Texas), who played 77 minutes in the net. Emilie Snelson (Sr., Dallas) and Leia Kirch (Carrollton, Texas) led St. Mary’s with two shots apiece.

The Rattlers will open up the Heartland Tournament next Thursday.

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