St Marys win sets up Grandstand Finish in Heartland Conference

St. Mary’s Women’s Soccer has created one heck of finish to the season at the Heartland Conference as they managed a 3-0 win over Newman at Sigma Beta Chi field on Thursday night. That win sees the Rattlers remain level with Lubbock Christian while Dallas Baptist and St. Edward’s are all within one win of the top, with two matches to play.

That may see Lubbock Christian as favorites to take the regular season title as they have the easiest schedule. St. Mary’s will have to play both Dallas Baptist and St. Edward’s next week and will need to win both matches to secure the title.

It was all St. Mary’s in the first half, as they had all of the ball and almost all of the chances but they just couldn’t put them away. The Rattlers were the dominant side throughout the match but in the first 15 minutes Newman were keeping them at bay.

It took a long time coming but the Rattlers finally hit the goal that they so deserved in the 29th minute. Brittany Lacek sent a ball to set up Kristal Williams, who drew out the goalkeeper, allowing her to play it around the keeper and in to the back of the net.

That allowed St. Mary’s to start to rotate players as they sat on their 1-0 lead, but still managed to find a goal in the 40th minute. A corner allowed the opportunity and it was a clever move from Natalie Rodriguez, as they tricked the Jets defense and dribbled it in before burying the chance.

That was enough to make it 2-0 at the break as St Mary’s late goal in the half, had them firmly in charge of the match. That allowed the Rattlers to easily keep the chances away from Newman, as they controlled the match defensively.

Newman were stifled by the stern defense from St. Mary’s, which limited their chances, but the Rattlers themselves struggled. Chances were few and far between in the second half as neither side really created many chances.

In the 85th minute the match was well and truly wrapped up as St. Mary’s had their third goal of the night. The ball was sent in by Alexandra Pearson for Heather Dawson who slammed it home to give St. Mary’s the 3-0 win and keep them top.

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