Lady Rattlers fall to Midland Lee, Calallen in host tournament

Photo by Gerald Castillo

San Marcos Girls Soccer

The Lady Rattlers had an early start Thursday morning when they began their annual tournament inside San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium.

San Marcos played Midland Lee to start the tournament. The Lady Rattlers competed early into the match but injuries to key players started to add up. The Rebels took advantage of San Marcos’ miscues and ran away with the match late in the second half. Midland Lee handed the Lady Rattlers a 3-0 loss in the first match of their bracket.

“It was frustrating,” head coach Jason Carnley said. “We beat ourselves for the most part. We just didn’t show up ready to play. But hopefully for the rest of this tournament we start playing for each other.”

Despite the loss, Carnley was optimistic about the younger players he asked to step up. The team started to put some fast breaks together and got a handful of good looks down the stretch. Carnley added that the Lady Rattlers are not known for putting the ball in the air, so it was encouraging to see the team attack the ball and close out the match strong.

The offensive aggressiveness was evident in the second match of the day when the Lady Ratters took the lead just two minutes into the last game of the day. San Marcos was up 1-0 against Corpus Christi Calallen. But the Wildcats fought back and tied the match heading into the half, 1-1.

“I think (this game) was great, “ Carnley said. “We fought a little harder. I think because we scored a goal that kind of gave us a sense of urgency to score again. One of my JV players actually scored one our goals. So I think that gave some life there for a minute.”

Both teams went back-and-forth in a defensive struggle for the opening minutes of the second half until Calallen broke through on a free kick. The Lady Rattlers bounced back with a quick goal of their own to tie the match back up. With 25 minutes remaining, the Wildcats took momentum of the game when they sneaked an attempt on goal past San Marcos.

Calallen was quick to add another goal in the closing minutes of the match to put the game away. San Marcos dropped to 0-2 on the tournament after the 4-2 loss to the Wildcats. The Lady Rattlers still have two games remaining in the tournament with an opportunity to go .500 on the weekend. Friday’s match against Oak Ridge begins at 12:30 p.m. San Marcos closes the tournament with Huntsville on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

“I want us to be able to string some passes together (moving forward),” Carnley said. “I want us to be a little bit more intense. Sometimes we’re on top of it. We’re hitting, we’re pushing, we’re kicking, we’re doing what we got to do. But then we lay off too much. So we just need to learn how to be consistent all the way through.”

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