Photos by Sports Information Intern Sera Quiroga.
Video by Sports Information Intern Martin Hansson.
SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 6, 2013) -- Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) women's soccer team tied the Rattlers from St.Mary's University 2-2 at the OLLU Soccer Field Thursday night. The Saints came back from being down 0-2 and junior forward Stephanie Diaz tied the game with only eight seconds left in the second half.
The Saints move to 2-0-1 on the season, while St. Mary's University opened its season yesterday, and now stands at 0-0-1.
The Saints out shot St. Mary's seven to six in the first half and senior goalkeeper Alyssa Mora had five saves, keeping the game an even 0-0 at half time.
The second half began the same way as the first one ended with both teams exchanging chances. The first player to find the back of the net was St. Mary's Leah Snelson, who put the ball behind Mora in the 54th minute. Just 80 seconds after the first goal, Kaitie Kasperitis found the goal from far out, putting the Saints down 0-2.
In the 68th minute, sophomore Teegan Luckemeyer got hit inside the Rattlers' 18-yard box by a reckless tackle from a St. Mary's defender. The referee pointed toward the penalty spot, and senior midfielder Victoria Vazquez walked up to take the penalty shot. Vazquez had no problem scoring her third goal of the season when she placed the ball on the right side of Paola Ostos in goal.
Erika Thompson takes the ball down the field.
As the clock was getting closer and closer to the 90th-minute mark, the Saints tried to get an equalizer in the back off the net with no luck. With eight seconds left on the clock, Luckemeyer found Stephanie Diaz with a cross inside the St. Mary's 18-yard box. Diaz made no mistakes when she was one-on-one with the goalkeeper and placed the ball in the back of the net forcing the game to overtime.
Both teams had four shots each during the two overtime halves; however Gabriela Lopez in the Saints goal and Alyssa Tarmona for the Rattlers helped to keep the game scoreless.
This was the third time the two westside Catholic schools played each other and each time the games have ended in a tie. In 2009, the teams played and had a 2-2 ending and last year's match up ended, 3-3.
Head Coach Shane Hurley thought his team did not bring the right urgency to the game, something that forced the team to come from behind for the third consecutive game. "Hopefully we can find a better rhythm and a faster tempo in our game for tomorrow."
The Saints are back out on the OLLU Soccer Field today at 2 p.m. taking on the Mountaineers from Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.