UHV Men's Soccer Signs Four

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Don Brubaker

dbrubaker@newscenter25.com

Updated: 4/03/2013 6:10 pm

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The University of Houston-Victoria soccer program has
announced the signing of four student-athletes to its men’s team for the Fall
of 2013.
Among the signees are incoming freshmen Kyle Talley,
Samuel James, Stanley Smith and Jon Ethridge.
“The 2013 recruiting class is a strong class that is a
clear indication of the amount of work put into it by the entire coaching
staff,” UHV soccer coach Adrian Rigby said. “We are excited about the upcoming
year and are eagerly looking forward to the preseason.”

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Kyle Talley,
Fr. Midfielder, Austin

Talley is a senior midfielder and a member of the Austin
McNeil High School soccer team. He has been named second team all-district at
McNeil and helped his team reach the Elite 8 in the high school playoffs. He is
also a member of the Lonestars 95 Red club team.
He plans to study psychology in college.

“I believe that UHV will have a great soccer team,” Tally
said of his choice to attend UHV and play soccer for the Jaguars. “All I want is
to participate in the development of an outstanding team.

Rigby on Tally: “Kyle is a technical midfielder that came to our
attention by attending one of our open tryouts and being recommended by his
club coach at Lonestar SC. He is very good on the ball and makes the right
decisions while on the ball. We’ll be looking for Kyle to come in and challenge
for a spot as an attacking midfielder.”

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Sam James,
Fr. Forward, Worcester, England

James brings a scoring presence to the Jaguars as he was
the top scorer in 2010 for his club team St. Johns FC. He is currently a member
of the Forgate FC, Worcester District League, Collage 1st team and a former
member of the Grimsby FC Academy. An avid runner, he has also run in various 5K
and 10K events.

He plans to major in computer science at UHV.

“I chose to attend UHV because both the academic and
sporting possibilities are very promising,” James said. “The men’s team looks
very well organized and has a good chance for success. I am very excited to be
part of that team. The three soccer coaches were very positive and had a big
influence on my decision.” 

Rigby on James: “Sam is a big strong center forward that has very good
speed to go along with his size. Sam has a great ability to play with his back
to the goal and beat his defender on the turn. He has a great work rate that
will create havoc for the opposing defenders.”

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Stanley Smith, Fr. Midfielder/Forward, Arlington

Smith currently serves as co-captain for his Arlington
Martin Warriors high school squad and earned all-district honorable mention
recognition during his junior season and expects to graduate with Distinguished
Honors. He is also a member of the TDA Select 95 club soccer team.

He plans to major in business/pre-law while at UHV.

“I chose to attend the University of Houston-Victoria
because I just enjoyed everything I learned about the school,” said Smith on
signing with the Jaguars. “The technology used on campus helps students keep up
with their work. Everyone I met while I was visiting the campus was very kind,
the dorms were great, and of course I enjoyed the soccer coaching staff. They
were all down to earth people and want to see their players succeed on the
field as well as off the field”

Rigby on
Smith:
Stan is a very athletic attacking-minded
a player and has the ability to play as an attacking mid or flank player. We
are excited about his attacking style of play that he will bring to UHV as he
shows a great deal of confidence while taking on opponents.”

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Jon Ethridge,
Fr. Defender/Midfielder, Houston

Ethridge currently serves as captain for the Katy Taylor
Mustangs and also served as the junior varsity A-team captain his sophomore
year. He won his team’s Mustang Award his junior season and also finished 10th
overall and second in his age group in the Rhythm and Blues half marathon in
2013. He is also currently a member of the Eclipse 95 Black Division 1 club
team.

He plans to major in biology with an interest to teach
and coach soccer.

 I chose UHV because I like the soccer coaches and
players that I met, I get the degree I want that allows me to teach any science
in high school, and I get to volunteer and help coach kids in the community,”
said Ethridge on choosing UHV.”

Rigby on
Ethridge:
“Jon is a hardworking player that has the ability to play
multiple positions. The coaching staff was very impressed by his consistent
work rate at a recent showcase this spring. Jon possesses good speed and
technical ability and we will be looking for him to bring his blue collar work
rate to UHV.”

The Jaguars are coming off a 9-7-1 season and their first
trip to the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championships.



 



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