Rattlers get past Hounds

CNJ staff

SAN ANTONIO — St. Mary’s scored three unanswered goals in the second half and pulled away to a 4-2 men’s soccer victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Sunday.

The loss was the third in a row for the Greyhounds (3-4).

The Rattlers (4-2) scored in the eighth minute when senior Funmilola Dada one-touched the ball into the net.

Freshman Edgar Bear tied the score with about 10 minutes left in the half with his first collegiate goal after sophomore Ryan McClanahan crossed a lose ball to him in front of the net.

Neither team scored again until St. Mary’s David Peterson beat ENMU goalkeeper Leif Craddock to the ball on a soft pass back toward the net from the Hounds’ defense and punched it in 15 minutes into the second half.

Seniors Luke Smith and Zack Valdez added their first goals of the season later for the Rattlers before junior Jared Morris notched his fourth goal of the season from about 25 yards out in the closing moments on an assist from Keith Vargas.

St. Mary’s outshot ENMU 21-9 overall and 10-5 on goal, with Craddock making six saves and the Rattlers’ Jayson Horn three in the match.

The Hounds return to Southwest Soccer Conference action on Sunday with a 2:30 p.m. matchup against Midwestern State at the ENMU pitch.