ABLIENE, Texas – A downpour on the fields of McMurry University didn’t dampen the Rattlers’ play, as freshman Jack Wolf netted his first collegiate goal to give St. Mary’s its first victory on the season.
The rainy weather may have drummed up aggression in the five yellow-card game, but fared well for the Rattlers (1-4-1) as keeper Patrick Kasperitis (Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas) brought in his first shutout and win on the year in the 1-0 victory.
A starter since the season opener, Wolf (Richardson, Texas) capitalized Thursday to upset the War Hawks (2-6) in the victory.
A rough first half that included three yellow cards left a stalemate for the Rattlers and the War Hawks but leaned toward St. Mary’s as it outshot McMurry 8-2. The Rattlers continued their knack for finding shots against the War Hawks, outshooting them once more in the second half, 9-5, and found their victory through Wolf.
An unassisted, far-out, 40 yards-deep sinker to the lower right of the net gave Wolf his first colligate goal in the 53rd minute that turned game-winner to grant the Rattlers their first victory on the season.
On the other end of the field, Kasperitis denied a War Hawks’ goal with two saves to improve his win-loss record to 1-3 with the shutout.
St. Mary’s 17 shots for the game trumped McMurry’s seven attempts with five shot on goal. The man of the second half, Wolf had one shot on goal along with Roger Trevino (RS-So., San Antonio), Fernando Arias-Williamson (So., Houston), Devon Foster (So., Castroville, Texas) and Omar Sanchez (So., San Antonio).
The Rattlers will see if they can start a winning streak against University of Texas-Permian Basin Saturday in Odessa, Texas at 2:30 p.m.