Men’s soccer falls to University of the SOuthwest

The men’s soccer team fell to University of the Southwest (USW) 3-2 on Saturday. The Saints fall to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Southwest improves to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Shane Hurley commented, “I can’t take anything away from Southwest. Their players worked hard the entire game. While we were better in possession, Southwest did more with their chances.”

History

The Saints lead the all-time series over Southwest 11-5.

Basics

The Saints took an early lead with a goal from Mitchell Medrano (SR/Baytown, Texas) at the 24th minute. The Mustangs responded quickly with a strike from Matthew Alvarado to tie the game 11 minutes later. The Saints tallied three shots on goal and four corner kicks in the first half.

Miguel Barrera (SO/San Antonio, Texas) put the Saints ahead 2-1 only four minutes into the second half. Carlos Cabrera (SR/Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico) picked up the assist. Alvarado scored again for Southwest to tie the game at the 56th minute. The Mustangs took the lead a minute later with a goal from Luis Calvillo. Southwest held on to win 3-2. The Saints finished with six corner kicks and seven shots on goal.

Scoring overview

24′ – OLLU – Mitchell Medrano

35′ – USW – Matthew Alvarado

49′ – OLLU – Miguel Barrera

56′ – USW– Matthew Alvarado

57′ – USW – Luis Calvillo

Inside the box score

Leading the Saints’ offense was Norberto Lira (JR/Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) and Medrano with four shots each. Alvarado led the Mustangs with seven shots.

Overall, the Saints tallied 14 shots, with seven on goal. Southwest recorded 11 shots, nine being on goal.

USW’s Khalid Abdulkhalik was shown a yellow card at the 10th minute.

What’s next

The Saints face LSU-Alexandria on the road on March 18 at 2:30 p.m.