Rodriguez PK lifts Jaguars past LSUS

UHV improves to 6-0-1 overall and 4-0 in conference

SHREVEPORT, La. – In a physical game it was only fitting for the outcome to be settled on a penalty kick.

Adrian Rodriguez converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute Thursday to help lift the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars men’s soccer team to a 3-2 win over the 23rd-ranked LSU-Shreveport Pilots in a key Red River Athletic Conference soccer match.

UHV improves to 6-0-1 overall and 4-0 in conference, while LSUS falls to 8-4 on the season and 3-1 in conference.

In a game that saw 38 fouls called along with 11 cards issued, both teams played a man down for most of the contest.

The Jaguars jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute off a header from Karlo Lopez on a free kick by Rodriguez. Connagh Wilks headed Rodriguez’s kick to the left side where Lopez fired it past the LSUS goalkeeper into the left corner of the net.

The 1-0 lead held throughout the first half, before the Jaguars went up 2-0 with the help of an LSUS own goal just two minutes into the second half.

Julius Williams put together back-to-back goals for the Pilots in the 57th and 63rd minutes to tie the contest at 2-2.

LSUS outshot the Jaguars 12-10 as both teams put up six shots on goal.

Rodriguez paced the Jaguars with four shots, while Lopez had two. Wilks, Oliver Nugent and Jose Martinez each had one shot.

Gian Marco Cordoba finished with four saves in goal for the Jaguars.