CANYON, Texas – Shaking off a season-opening loss over the weekend, the St. Mary’s men’s soccer team on Tuesday more closely resembled the team it hopes to become.

Competitive until the end.

Aaron Stares and Anthony Bustos each found the back of the net in the final 13 minutes to erase a two-goal deficit to Eastern New Mexico, stirring a comeback bid that would eventually send the game into double overtime. But it was then when ENMU’s Diego Santos had a answer of his own, scoring in the 102nd minute for the hard-earned win.

For St. Mary’s (0-2), Stares (Sr., Swindon, England) scored an unassisted goal in the 78th minute and Bustos (Sr., San Antonio) followed with a goal of his own three minutes later. Assisted by Jack Wolf (Fr., Richardson, Texas) and Omar Sanchez (So., San Antonio), Bustos scored from the penalty-kick mark in the center of the field to erase what was a 2-0 deficit for most of the second half.

The game was neutral-site affair, being played on the campus of West Texas A&M University.

Patrick Kasperitis (Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas) got the start in the net for the Rattlers, recording eight saves in 101:49 of action. Making the most of their opportunities, the Rattlers connected on a pair of their seven shots, while denying ENMU on the majority of its 19 attempts.

St. Mary’s won’t be back in action until Sept. 16, when it opens up Heartland Conference play against Texas A&M International at 2:30 p.m. at Northside ISD Soccer Field.

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