The St. Mary’s Men’s soccer season came to an end on Thursday afternoon as they were trounced in the Heartland Championship semi-finals. St. Edward’s showed why they were the regular season conference champions as they managed a huge 5-1 win in Austin to advance to the conference championship game.
St. Edward’s took a little while to get warmed up but once they got going they completely dominated the match. They opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Nate Coons sent the ball forward for Karl DeZoeten who cut it back, allowing Josh Taylor a simple tap-in.
Just four minutes later it was two as St. Edward’s were able to double their lead with Taylor turning the provider. He sent in a deep cross and found Samuel Jackson at the far post who headed it home from the middle of the box.
It was an even shorter break between the second and the third goals as the third came in the 25th minute. Dylan Armstrong crossed it in for Taylor who was able to head the ball down for Pablo Covarrubias who stabbed it home.
Things calmed down for at least a little while before St. Edward’s added their fourth in the 39th minute. The goal was a brilliant solo effort from Steve Aoudou who found space from 25 yards out and launched a powerful shot in to the back of the net.
Before half-time the match was well and truly over as St. Edward’s managed to make it 5-0 as they were torn apart yet again. Drake Lovelady sent in a through ball which found Armstrong, who rounded the keeper and passed it in to the back of the net to make it five at half-time.
The Rattlers got a goal back in the 51st minute, giving some hope for going forward in the second half. Gonzalo Orozco managed the cross which caught out the keeper, allowing Juan Sanchez a simple tap-in to pull a consolation goal back.
There were hopes from St. Mary’s that the goal would allow momentum to come their way but St. Edward’s quickly gained back control. But it was a much more improved performance from the St. Mary’s defense as they held on well.
But with such a commanding lead St. Edward’s were able to hold on well, they cruised to the victory comfortably. That allowed St. Edward’s to rest players ahead of the final against Texas A&M International on Saturday, which they will surely go in to as favourites.