Celebrating the program's 50th anniversary, a young St. Rita soccer team seemed poised for a big win with a goal against visiting University High (U-High) in the game's early minutes.
Then when a St. Rita starter was issued two yellow cards and ejected with 15 minutes left in the first half, the Mustangs went into survival mode.
Going up 2-0 early in the second half and playing a man down, St. Rita survived, squeaking out an exciting 2-2 tie on Sept. 9 against U-High in a nonconference match.
"This was a good game and a good learning point," St. Rita senior goalkeeper Hector Aguilera said. "We can learn from our mistakes and not go a man down. We're hammering down the nail and working on some issues we have."
Aguilera finished with 5 saves in goal while also delivering a variety of key deflections and clears. Senior forward William Beebe scored both goals for the Mustangs (1-7-2) with sophomore midfielder Langston Bedgood dishing out an assist.
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