St. Mary’s fends off late rally, downs Lady Eagles 4-1

Courtney Nixon scored her first career goal in OC's loss to St. Mary's (Texas).
Courtney Nixon scored her first career goal in OC's loss to St. Mary's (Texas).

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 21, 2013) – For a few minutes late in the game, it looked like Oklahoma Christian might be able to rally from a two-goal deficit against visiting St. Mary’s (Texas). But the Rattlers quickly slammed the door on those hopes.

Courtney Nixon pulled OC within a goal with a score in the 79th minute, but St. Mary’s answered with a pair of goals in the final seven minutes to seal a 4-1 win over the Lady Eagles on Monday afternoon.

St. Mary’s (7-6-1, 4-2 Heartland Conference) led only 1-0 at halftime, on the strength of a goal in the 38th minute by Lauren Peck. The Rattlers extended their lead in the 66th minute when Ashlyn Leighton headed in a corner kick by Sam Lara.

Nixon’s first career goal gave OC (2-10-2, 0-4-1) a bit of hope but the Lady Eagles couldn’t equalize. Ronika Cavazos scored off a cross from Kaitie Kasperitis in the 84th minute for St. Mary’s and Brianna Shafer ended all doubt with a goal for the Rattlers in the 87th minute.

“It was an unfortunate result but also a very important lesson for our team today,” OC coach Randall Robison said. “We felt like we played a very good brand of soccer today. However, missed opportunities in the front end, and allowing soft goals in the defensive end, made this a difficult game for us today. Hopefully we can take away the lessons of this game as we finish out the season.”

OC goalkeeper Anna Walker went the distance and made three saves. St. Mary’s used two goalkeepers, with Paola Ostos recording two saves and Alyssa Taramona finishing with three. The Rattlers outshot OC 19-12.