|Our Lady of the Lake (1-1-0, 0-0-0)||0||0||0|
|St. Mary's (TX) (2-2-0, 0-0-0)||1||2||3|
|1||45:00||Deni Cresto (St. Mary's (TX))|
|2||63:57||Alonso Rodriguez (St. Mary's (TX))|
|2||89:48||Deni Cresto (St. Mary's (TX))|
|Our Lady of the Lake||Indv. Leaders||St. Mary's (TX)|
|None||Goals||#6 Cresto, Deni - 2|
|#41 Salas, Said - 2||Shots||#7 Rodriguez, Alonso - 5|
|#1 Baker, Joseph - 4||Saves||#30 Guillamon-Bejar, Raul - 1|
|Our Lady of the Lake||Team Statistics||St. Mary's (TX)|
|4 (1)||Shots (on goal)||23 (7)|
SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 16, 2021) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's soccer team fell to NCAA D2 St. Mary's University (StMU) 3-0. The Saints move to 1-3 on the season and the Rattlers improve to 3-2.
Head Coach Arthur Salazar said, "It was a tough game for the players. St. Mary's did a good job of pressing the ball on defense, and their offense movement cause us a lot of problems. Unfortunately, we were never able to find a rhythm and it showed in the limited offensive productivity. Overall, these last few games have been a good test as we enter conference play next week."
The Saints are 1-4 against the Rattlers in the all-time series.
The Saints traveled a short distance to face St. Mary's on Thursday night. The Rattlers controlled the first half by producing 12 shots. OLLU was unable to record a shot in the first 45 minutes. StMU opened the scoring seconds before the first half ended. Deni Cresto converted on a penalty kick after Roberto Poncia (FR/Codevigo (PD), Italy) committed a foul. Despite the offensive power from the Rattlers, Joseph Baker (JR/Llantwit Major, Wales, U.K.) was forced to make only one save.
St. Mary's carried their momentum into the second half. Oluwatimileyin Talabi (JR/Abeokuta, Nigeria) tallied the Saints first shot of the match in the 54th minute. Saints' defender Patrick Pye (SR/Norwich, England) was shown a yellow card a few minutes later. Alonso Rodriguez increased the Rattlers lead to 2-0 in the 64th minute. Javier Pena (JR/San Antonio, Texas) marked a second yellow card for the Saints five minutes after the Rattlers tally.
Juan Martin Chica (SR/Cali, Colombia) took a shot on goal toward the bottom center that was saved in the 80th minute. Chippy play continued in the 86th minute when Morgan Miller drew a yellow card for the Rattlers. Cresto scored his second goal of the match for St. Mary's with 12 seconds left in the match, and the Rattlers sealed a 3-0 victory.
45' – StMU – Deni Cresto
64' – StMU – Alonso Rodriguez
90' – StMU – Deni Cresto
Inside the box score
Leading the way for the Saints' offense was Chica with the lone shot on goal. Cresto led the Rattlers with two shots on goal.
Overall, the Saints tallied four shots, with one on goal. St. Mary's recorded 23 shots, seven being on goal.
Saints' goalkeeper Baker tallied four saves and played the entire match. OLLU failed to record a corner kick and the Rattlers took three.
The Saints open Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play at home on Sept. 23 against LSU-Shreveport at 3:30 p.m.