Despite a strong and competitive first half, St. Mary’s just couldn’t hold on against the number 25 ranked team in the nation on Saturday afternoon. Midwestern State powered past the Rattlers 4-0 in the second half to claim the win in Wichita Falls.
The match started physically but it didn’t take long for Midwestern State to take charge of the match. From the ninth minute it was all MSU with Rattlers keeper Jack Moore kept busy throughout the match.
Despite that domination from MSU they just could not break down the Rattlers who were flying in to block the shots. Flavio Guzman was the target man for MSU as he had the most opportunities in the first half but he couldn’t break through.
The trend continued in the second half as Midwestern State continued the attack, but again the St. Mary’s defense put their bodies on the line. Three shots were blocked in the early going which kept the Rattlers goalkeeper safe.
In the 69th minute Midwestern State finally broke through for the goal as Christian Okeke sent in a cross which found Jacob Hernandez. That allowed Hernandez to get a pass to Gabriel Cavalcante who easily put it past the keeper.
Just three minutes later MSU was able to double their lead, through a cross, this time from the left side. Kyle Baccus sent the cross in to the middle finding Ross Fitzpatrick who was able to bury the chance.
Now cruising, eight minutes from time MSU made it three, well and truly wrapping up the match through a corner kick. Guzman was able to swing in the corner for Alex Mullet who was able to head the ball home.
In the 86th minute the 4-0 result was wrapped up as Alex Mullet sent a through-ball to the right wing for Kristian Martinez. That allowed Martinez to cross the ball in for Laurence Chamberlin who buried it to seal the final score.