UHV Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams Kick Off 2018 Season

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Brody Patience converted on a penalty kick with just 18 minutes to play in the first half Saturday lifting the University of Houston-Victoria men’s soccer team to a 1-0 season-opening win over the McPherson College Bulldogs.

The Jaguars improved to 1-0, while the Bulldogs, who entered the game receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Men’s Soccer Top 25 Poll, fell to 0-2. The victory was the Jaguars’ third straight season-opening victory as they improved to 5-4 in season-opening games. The Jags had to fight the entire way as the Bulldogs held a 17-10 edge in shots, including a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal.

UHV goalkeeper Palemon Plancarte, who recorded eight shutouts in goal last year, was up to the task as he turned back all 10 shots to finish with 10 saves. It was his fourth shutout in his last five games in goal.

Patience and Adrian Rodriguez each put up two shots for the Jaguars, while Mohammed Ibrahim, Connagh Wilks, Jean Bosco Irumva, Sanad Jalajal, Jacob Collen and Jose Munoz each had one.

The Jaguars wrap up their road trip on Monday when they take on the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in a 7 p.m. contest.

The Lady Jaguars, meanwhile, having a more difficult time in Oklahoma for their season opener.

Thirteenth-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan scored a pair of goal in each half Saturday night to hand the women’s soccer team a 4-0 setback in a season-opening match for both teams.

The Jaguars (0-1) will return to action Monday when they wrap up their Oklahoma road trip with a contest against the University of Science and Arts Drovers at 5 p.m.

Majolen Nekesa off an assist from Lilly Murray put the Eagles up for good with the team’s first goal in the 14th minute. Murray would tack on another goal six minute later for a 2-0 lead. Kaja Cremin would add two insurance goals in the second half for the Eagles, who outshot the Jaguars 19-5, including a 9-5 edge in shots on goal.

Lauren Leslie and Elizabeth Reyes paced the Jaguars with a pair of shots each, while Sutton Dalrymple added another. Freja Magnussen, making her first start in goal for the Jaguars, finished with five saves.