Lady Rattlers rout Austin Crockett

San Marcos Girls Soccer

San Marcos’ entire starting lineup from 2017 has returned this season, and that proved beneficial for the Lady Rattlers in their 7-0 win over Austin Crockett on Tuesday inside San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium.

“Having all 11 starters comeback, they might not be in the right positions, but it helps a lot,” head coach Jason Carnley said. “But now we’ve got to develop new chemistry: People playing in different spots, a different way of putting the team together. It definitely helps us coming back. It just shows we can do it if we do it right.”

Carnley credited the Lady Rattlers’ win on their ability to move the ball around throughout the game.

“I think our ball movement was probably the best I’ve seen in the four years I’ve been here,” Carnley said. “I mean, the ball just bounced around like a ping pong ball and that’s something that’s going to win any soccer no matter how fast or how slow you are. I think that worked to our advantage.”

San Marcos senior forward Ashley Rodriguez got the Lady Rattlers on the board when she received a cross and put it in the back of the net. Danielle Rodriguez extended San Marcos’ lead to 2-0 with a goal of her own.

Rodriguez added another goal when she put a shot on goal that Crockett’s goalkeeper couldn’t corral. The Lady Rattlers held a 3-0 advantage at halftime.

Hernandez scored her second goal of the night to push San Marcos’ lead to 4-0. Anahi Pichardo, Emily Holecheck and Mary Finch each scored a goal in the final eight minutes to secure the 7-0 win.

San Marcos begins its host tournament Thursday. The Lady Rattlers take on Midland Lee at 9:30 a.m. inside San Marcos Toyota Rattler Stadium, and then play Corpus Christi Calallen at 2 p.m. San Marcos resumes play Friday against Conroe Oak Ridge at 12:30 p.m. The Lady Rattlers conclude tournament play Saturday against Laredo Nixon at 9:30 a.m.

“We’ve got four tough games,” Carnley said. “All four teams are caliber teams, playoff teams. It’ll be a tough weekend but we need it for district because it’s not going to get any easier.”


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