UHV Men and Women Both Fall in Oklahoma

Both UHV Soccer teams ran into trouble in game number two of the 2018 season on Monday.

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers controlled the offense Monday night to hand the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars men’s soccer team a 1-0 loss.

It was the third time in three meetings for the Drovers (2-2), who received votes in the preseason NAIA coaches’ poll, to defeat the Jaguars. The Jaguars fell to 1-1 with the loss and will return home for their season opener on Friday when they host Mid-America Christian in a 3:30 p.m. contest at The Cage.

The Drovers outshot the Jaguars 14-2 in the contest, including a 9-1 edge in shots on goals. The Drovers also held an 11-2 edge in corner kicks over the Jaguars.

UHV goalkeeper Palemon Plancarte, who had 10 saves and a shutout in the Jaguars’ season opener on Saturday, turned in another strong performance holding the Drovers scoreless until the 79th minute. Plancarte finished with eight saves in the games.

Llewellyn Evans tallied the lone goal for the Drovers off an assist from Abdel Nait-Zerrand. Adrian Rodriguez got off the Jaguars lone shot on goal in the first half but goalkeeper Daneil Merkel made the save. Brody Patience got off a shot in the 68th minute but the ball caught the post and the Jaguars would not get off another shot the rest of the way.

On the women’s side, the Lady Jaguars dropped a hard-fought and physical game 3-1 to the 20th-ranked University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers.

The Drovers (3-1) snapped a two-game losing streak in the series to UHV (0-2). The Jaguars will return home for their season opener on Friday when they host Mid-America Christian in a 1 p.m. match at The Cage.

USAO dominated the offense outshooting the Jaguars 21-4, including a 9-2 edge in shots on goal in the physical game that saw 27 fouls called, 14 on UHV and 13 on USAO.

The Drover struck first off as Jasmine Clewis convert on a corner kick from Aubrey Ruttman in the 26th minute. The score after USAO missed on a penalty kick in the 12th minute.

UHV had a couple of opportunities to tie or grab the lead in the first half as Maria Grogan missed on a shot saved by the USAO goalkeeper Brandi Hutchinson in the 15th minute. Elizabeth Reyes then had a shot go off the post in the 28th minute as USAO held on to a 1-0 lead at halftime.

USAO came out fired up scoring just 10 seconds into the second half on goal from Allie Gordon off an assist from Mackenzie Holub. Reyes then pulled the Jaguars back to within one score with UHV’s first goal of the season in the 57th minute.

Emma Rice would tack on a penalty kick in the 76th minute, however, to give the Drovers an insurance goal.

Courtesy: UHV Department of Athletics