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UHV Men's Soccer Player Named All-America

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The latest UHV men's soccer history made Tuesday. 

Espen Hansen continued the University of Houston-Victoria men’s soccer team’s historic season Tuesday by becoming the first Jaguars soccer player to earned NAIA All-America honors.

Hansen was named to the 2017 NAIA Men’s Soccer All-America team.

The senior forward led the team in goals (6), points (13), shots on goal (24) and game-winning goals (4), while sharing the lead for most shots (35). He was named to the all-Red River Athletic Conference first team and was recognized on the RRAC all-tournament team.

He was also named to the RRAC first team in 2016.

In three seasons with the Jaguars he has appeared in 49 games and is the UHV all-time career leader in game winning goals with eight and shots on goal (71). He stands second all-time in goals (22), points (49) and shots (113). He also has five assists to his credit.

University of Houston-Victoria goalkeeper Palemon Plancarte (JR/Houston, TX) unseated teammate Reece Hannigan (SR/Sutton Surrey, England) as the Red River Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday night.

Plancarte was named the conference's top defensive player prior to the RRAC Men's Soccer Championship Tournament. Hannigan had won the honor the previous two years.

Plancarte was the linchpin to the UHV defense that paved the way to the Jaguars' first RRAC regular-season title. The junior posted six shutouts and a 0.597 goals against average while the Jaguars went 7-1-2 in conference play. Plancarte had 41 saves on the season, including 30 in conference play.

Plancarte and Hannigan were joined on the RRAC first team by teammates Espen Hansen (JR/Kristiansand, Norway) and Brody Patience (SO/Douglas, Isle of Man), while Brian Foulger (SR/Leighton Buzzard, England), Kyle Davison-Gordon (JR/Leighton Buzzard, England) and Connagh Wilks (FR/Egham, England) were named to the second team. Hannigan and Hansen are repeat first-team honorees.

UHV head coach Adrian Rigby was named the conference's coach of the year.

Hannigan, Davison-Gordon and Wilks were instrumental in the Jaguars' defensive back line in helping Plancarte fend off opponents. The Jaguars faced 85 shots, including 40 shots on goal, in conference play with only six finding their mark.

Hannigan also tallied three goals and two assists in conference play, while Wilks added a goal as the duo combined for 26 shots, including 14 on goal.

Hansen and Patience paced the Jaguars offensively as each led the team with five goals and one assist on the season. Foulger added one goal and one assist from his midfielder position.

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