Men’s Soccer Drops “Battle of the Saints” Match


AUSTIN, Texas — Desired redemption over rival St. Edward’s instead had St. Mary’s still seeking revenge as the Rattlers fell to the Hilltoppers by three for the second time this season.

The Hilltoppers (10-3-2, 6-1-1 in conference) charged on their home field to overtake the Rattlers (4-9-1, 3-4-1 in conference) in their second shutout on the season, 3-0.

St. Mary’s totaled three shots for the game to the Hilltoppers’ 11, with looks from Anthony Bustos (Sr., Helotes, Texas), Aaron Stares (Sr., Swindon, England) and Alexis Santamaria (Fr., San Antonio).

As the No. 1-ranked team in the Heartland Conference, St. Edward’s nearly brought keeper Patrick Kasperitis (RS-Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas) in double-digits as he tallied eight saves for the game with three goals allowed.

The Hilltoppers’ strikes came throughout the contest as they netted their first goal minutes before halftime and their second and third at the 54th and 82nd minute mark, respectively.

The Rattlers have three more games left in their regular season, two of which come against conference contenders. Their final game is against cross-town rival Incarnate Word.

St. Mary’s will first take on Dallas Baptist University in Dallas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

St. Mary’s University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community service, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence. The University has six athletic national titles: men’s basketball (1989–NAIA), baseball (2001–NCAA Div. II), softball (1986–NAIA and 2002–NCAA Div. II) and an individual national champion in men’s golf (2006–NCAA Div. II) and a national academic championship in men’s golf (2009–NCAA Div. II). St. Mary’s also had more than 40 percent of its athletes named to conference, regional and/or national honor rolls this past year. St. Mary’s student–athletes graduation rate is 65 percent, higher than the NCAA Division II average of 55 percent. To learn more about St. Mary's, visit