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Women's Soccer Falls 4-2 to St. Mary's University

<font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">The McMurry women's soccer team was defeated 4-2 by St. Mary's University on a rain-soaked afternoon at Edward's Field.</span></font>
ABILENE, Texas - The McMurry women's soccer team was defeated 4-2 by St. Mary's University on a rain-soaked afternoon at Edward's Field.

After a one-hour rain delay pushed the game-time back, the teams were eager for some action, and it showed with four goals being scored in the first 15 minutes of the game.

The Rattlers' Leah Kirch opened the floodgates in the first half, beating the War Hawks keeper on an assist from Amanda Cardoza in just the first minute of play to put St. Mary's up 1-0. Just two minutes later, a great physical effort by McMurry's Savannah Whitaker allowed the freshman forward to direct a shot into the top-left corner of the net to tie the game at 1-1 with just three minutes gone in the game.

Kirch answered Whitakers goal with her second of the contest, beating keeper Chanel Felder for the second time in six minutes to put the Rattlers back on top 2-1. Not to be outdone, Whitaker came right back with her second of the half on an assist from Kristen Grant to knot the game at two. St. Mary's would then come right back to score in the 21st minute as Leah Snelson assisted on a Amy Adkins' goal to take the 3-2 lead into the half.

The second half was dominated by the Rattlers' offense as St. Mary's outshot the War Hawks 16-2 in the frame. Kirch got the last laugh of the contest as she collected a "hat-trick" scoring her third goal of the contest in the 64th minute to give the Rattlers the 4-2 victory, handing McMurry their third-consecutive loss.

For the War Hawks, Whitaker led the way with her two goals on the day, and Grant and Lauren Sanders each added an assist in the contest.

McMurry will once again be in action on Saturday, September 29 when they host the Dustdevils of Texas A&M International University. The contest is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. start time.
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