SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 29, 2012) -- On a rain-soaked field, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's soccer team defeated the University of the Southwest 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
The win moves the Saints to the top of the Red River Athletic Conference as the only team with a perfect 4-0 (5-4-1) record. Southwest drops to 2-2 and 3-4-1 overall.
The Saints narrowly missed a goal at the 14th minute when Yared Temesgen shot the ball to the right of the net while Mustangs' goalkeeper Isaac Wilkins moved left. Another member of the Mustangs team was able to deflect the ball.
Ramiro Ramirez (pictured at right) got another chance for a goal, but a diving catch by Wilkins saved that one from going in. At the 25th minute, assists from Gerardo Marquez and Aaron Guerrero gave Ramirez the opportunity to score the game's first goal. Three minutes later, Guerrero found his target after Temesgen snuck a pass in to him.
The Saints outshot the Mustangs 12-6 at the half.
With the Saints leading 2-0, Gustavo Vega went toward Marquez's ankle and was assessed a yellow card at the beginning of the second half.
Mustangs Jorge Orona kicked the ball through the post on an assist from Eric Carrasco to take the score to 2-1.
At the 82nd minute, Saints' defender Luis Flores received a yellow card after a late hit, and a penalty kick by Orona tied the score at 2-2.
With six minutes left in the game, Marquez scored the game-winning goal on a pass from Ramirez.
During the second half, Southwest took 10 shots compared to six for the Saints. Guerrero led the Saints in shooting with six, while Ramirez finished with four. Keeper Martin Hansson recorded three saves and Luis Gonzalez finished with five.
The Saints will travel to Muskogee, Okla. to play Bacone College on Thursday. On Saturday, they will face Texas College in Tyler.
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