SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 13, 2012) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's soccer team continued its winning streak after beating Huston-Tillotson University 3-2 on Saturday. The Saints have had a challenging time with Huston-Tillotson in the past having won just two out seven previous match ups. Two of those losses came during the post season. Prior to Saturday's game, the Rams suffered their first loss of the season when the University of Texas at Brownsville defeated them in double overtime.
The win moves the Saints to 8-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference and 9-4-1 overall. Brownsville (7-1/8-3-3) is one game behind the Saints, followed by Texas Wesleyan University (6-1-1/7-4-2), LSU-Shreveport (5-2-1/9-4-1), Southwest (5-3/6-6-1) and Northwood (4-2-2/5-6-2). Huston-Tillotson is three and a half games behind with a 3-2-3 conference and 5-2-4 overall record.
Octavio Herrera is pictured with his father, Luis Herrera, Coach Hurley and his mother Patty Herrera.
Gerardo Marquez is pictured with his father, Francisco Marquez, Coach Hurley and his mother Gabriela Richaud Marquez.
After a ceremony honoring seniors Aaron Guerrero, Octavio Herrera and Gerardo Marquez, the teams hit the field. Within the first few minutes of the game, both HTU's Walter Madrid and OLLU's Steven Salinas (pictured at right) were assessed yellow cards for rough tackles. The half was played evenly by both teams with the Rams taking eight shots, seven on goal, while the Saints took six shots, three on goal. No one was able to find the net as the half ended with the 0-0 tie.
At the 53rd minute, Marquez connected on a pass from Elias Cortes for the Saints first goal. HTU came back 10 minutes later to tie the score after a goal from Civicus Barsi Glah. Less than a minute later, the Saints took back the lead when Marquez and Cortes partnered up again for a goal. At the kick off, HTU's Cesar Silva ran the ball down the field for a goal to even the score at 2-2. At the 73rd minute, Salinas scored the game-winning goal on an assist from Guerrero.
Two HTU players, Marcos Escobar and Walter Madrid, were ejected from the game, and the Rams attempted one more shot on goal, but Saints keeper Martin Hansson deflected the ball to secure the 3-2 win.
The Rams outshot the Saints 17-12. Cortes and Guerrero each had three shots for the Saints. Hansson finished with eight saves.
OLLU will play its remaining games on the road. On Thursday, the Saints will travel to Cedar Hill, Texas, to play Northwood University, and on Saturday, they will be in Shreveport, La., to play LSU-Shreveport.