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UHV soccer makes Saturday schedule changes. After only playing two non-conference games a year ago, the University of Houston-Victoria men’s soccer team went on to have its best season ever in the short eight years of the program.

Hurricane Harvey pushed the start of the Jaguars’ 2017 season back allowing them to play just two non-conference games and go into Red River Athletic Conference play with a 1-1 record. The Jaguars went on to compile an 11-3-2 record and win their first-ever RRAC conference and tournament titles to earn a berth to their first NAIA national championship bid.

The Jaguars should be hoping for that same results, if not better results, this year as they enter Saturday’s RRAC opener with a 1-1 record after having three games washed out over the last three weeks due to heavy rains in the area.

The Jaguars (1-1) are set to host the University of St. Thomas-Houston (1-3-1) in a 1 p.m. match at The Cage. UHV enters the contest leading the series against the Celts with a 5-4-1 mark and have won the last three meetings, including a 2-0 win last year.

The Jaguars began the season with a 1-0 win over McPherson, before dropping a 1-0 decision to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The Jaguars then had their next three contests against Mid-American Christian, Texas Wesleyan and Oklahoma City cancelled due to wet playing conditions from heavy rains over the past three weeks.

St. Thomas opened the season with a 2-1 win over Concordia-Texas, before falling to Florida National University and Mid-America Christian. After a 1-1 tie with John Brown, the Celts enter Saturday’s contest coming off a 4-1 loss to Oklahoma City.

GAME DAY NOTES:

* The Jaguars have won the last two meetings in the series by identical 2-0 scores.

* UHV has outscored St. Thomas 11-8 in the 10-game series.

* UHV has shutout St. Thomas five times, while the Jaguars have been shut out by the Celts three times.

* Brody Patience has scored the Jaguars’ lone goal this season..

* Jacob Evans leads the Celts in scoring this season with two goals, while three other players have scored one goal each.

* The Celts have been outscored 11-5 in five games so far.

* The Jaguars will wrap up September hosting LSU-Shreveport on Sept. 27 and LSU-Alexandria on Sept. 29 in RRAC games.

Hampered by unfavorable weather conditions the past three weeks, the University of Houston-Victoria women’s soccer team enters Red River Athletic Conference play on Saturday with just two games under its belt.

The Jaguars open conference play hosting the University of St. Thomas-Houston in a 11 a.m. match on Saturday at the Cage.

After starting the season 0-2 with loss to two top-20 ranked teams, the Jaguars have be unable to hit the pitch the past three weeks due to wet playing conditions on their home field. Games against Mid-America Christian, Texas Wesleyan and Oklahoma City had to be cancelled during the period and hopefully won’t be a setback for the Jaguars who hope to improve on last year’s 3-7-1 conference record.

The Jaguars are still trying to mesh as a unit with just nine players back from last year’s squad and joined by five transfers and 17 freshmen.

UHV began the season dropping a 4-0 decision to 13th-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan and then fell 3-1 to 20th-ranked University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, St. Thomas comes into the contest with a 2-2 record and receiving votes in the latest NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top-25 Poll.

The Celts opened the season with wins over Mid-America Christian (3-0) and Prairie View A&M (4-3) before dropping their last two matches. The Celts dropped pair of 2-0 decisions to John Brown (Ark.) and Oklahoma City.

GAME DAY NOTES:

* The Celts lead the series 3-2 and won last year’s meeting 2-0.

* UHV claimed a 1-0 win over the Celts in 2016 to snap a two-match losing streak to the Celts.

* Aeriana Lewis and Alexa Noyola lead the Celts with two goals each.

* Emma Pinkerton and Jordan Thompson have combined for 10 saves, while allowing seven goals in four games for the Celts.

* Elizabeth Reyes has scored the Jaguars’ lone goal so far this season..

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