What is fast becoming a tradition in San Antonio soccer, the second annual ‘Halo Classic’ saw Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) win the match. OLLU hosted St. Mary’s on Tuesday afternoon and managed a 2-0 win over the Rattlers.
The result marks the first time that OLLU managed a victory over St. Mary’s, after five matches between the two San Antonio catholic universities. With OLLU receiving votes in the NAIA top 25 poll, they made a strong statement beating the NCAA Division II side.
After just missing out on winning the Red River Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award last week, Brooke Cousins came out determined. OLLU was having the earlier opportunities but the physicality of the Rattlers was proving stifling with Cousins fouled multiple times in the opening minutes.
There were early chances from St. Mary’s but Gabriela Lopez was doing well in the Saints goal to keep the visitors out. That allowed OLLU to take back over the match and they were able to open the scoring in the 17th minute when Jackie Lambarida recovered a rebound from Erica Robertson’s shot. That allowed Lambarida to square the ball for Robertson who made no mistake on the second chance.
It could well have been two for the saints in the 24th minute after some continued good work from Cousins. She found space and got a powerful shot away, beating the keeper but could only find the crossbar as OLLU started to really control the match, which continued out for the rest of the half but they couldn’t score again, keeping it 1-0 at the break.
St. Mary’s were starting the second half well, challenging for chances early on, but they were unable to take chances. In the 57th minute OLLU was able to double their lead after the shot hit the post Grayson Manfredo reacted fastest to redirect it in to the goal to make it 2-0.
That saw the second half fade, as OLLU really looked to just take the threat from the Rattlers out of the match. OLLU could have made it three in the 73rd minute through Lambarida but her shot could only find the post.
St. Mary’s tried to challenge late on, getting the bulk of the chances but they could not break down the Saints defense. The best late chance came from OLLU in the 84th minute as they hit the post again as Amaris Tavares hit the post with her shot.