UHV Men’s Soccer & Baseball News

UHV men’s soccer looks to repeat as conference champs. Fans can expect to about anything Thursday when the third seeded University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars face off against the second-seeded LSU-Alexandria Generals in a 2018 Raising Cane’s Red River Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament semifinal at Eagle Field on the campus of Texas &M-Texarkana.

Neither team should need a reason to be fired up for the match with a berth to Friday’s championship game on the line. The two teams meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with the winner facing the LSU-Shreveport-Houston St. Thomas winner at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. LSUS and St. Thomas played Thursday at 4 p.m.

The two teams met in last year’s championship game with the Jaguars coming away with a 2-0 win for the Jaguars’ first RRAC conference title.

Meanwhile, the Generals got a little revenge by handing the Jaguars their only conference loss, a 2-0 decision, in the regular season finale for both teams. The win helped the Generals to a co-share of the RRAC regular season title and prevented the Jaguars from claiming their second straight RRAC regular season title.

The two goals the Generals scored on the Jaguars in the season finale match were the first goals the Generals have managed against the Jaguars in the five-game series. The win also snapped a four-game Generals’ losing streak to the Jaguars.

UHV comes into the match having outscored its opponents 36-10 en route to an 11-2-1 record.

Brody Patience and Jose Munoz lead the Jaguars with six goals each, while Gian Marco Zancanro and Adrian Rodriguez each have tallied five. Brandon Watts, Mohammed Ibrahim, and Connagh Wilks each have three in a balanced scoring attack.

Palemon Plancarte has been in goal all season for the Jaguars and has tallied 52 saves and allowed nine goals.

LSUA has outscored its opponents 52-12 with Pedro Rios and Mackenzie Young leading the way with seven each. Harrison Houle has added six goals, with Luiz Petribu and Gylies Mitchel adding four each.

Alvaro Garcia has been in goal for 15 of the Generals 18 games recording 44 saves while allowing seven goals.

Tournament Notes:

* UHV has advanced to the RRAC championship game the last two years.

* UHV is in the conference semifinals for the fourth straight year.

* UHV defeated Our Lady of the Lake 2-1 in the conference quarterfinals to advance to the conference final site.

* The Jaguars have a 3-2 record in the last three year at the RRAC tournament.

* The winner of the RRAC tournament receives an automatic berth to the 60th NAIA National Championships. The opening round is scheduled for Nov. 17 at a site and time to be determined.

Coming off a 14-31 campaign from a year ago, the University of Houston-Victoria baseball team is expected to finish seventh in the Red River Athletic Conference this season according to the preseason coaches’ poll released Tuesday.

The Jaguars finished in a three-way tie for seventh place last year in the conference with a 10-17 league record. The Jaguars received 40 points in the preseason voting.

LSU-Shreveport, the defending conference champion, is picked to defend its title with seven first-place votes and 97 points, while LSU-Alexandria is ranked second with 88 points and two first-place votes, and Texas A&M-Texarkana is third with 82 points and one first-place vote.

Jarvis Christian is picked to finish fourth with 66 points, while Our Lady of the Lake is fifth with 56 points and the University of the Southwest is sixth with 54.

Following the Jaguars in eighth place is Texas College (32), while Willey College (20) is ninth and Huston-Tillotson (13) rounds out the league in 10th place.

LSUS is also ranked 25th in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top-25 preseason poll.

Southeastern (Fla.) with 18 first-place votes and 498 points, has been picked to repeat as the national champion in the NAIA preseason poll. Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) is second with 470 points and Georgia Gwinnett is third with 468 points. Faulkner (Ala.) and Lewis-Clark State Idaho) round out the top five at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively.

The Jaguars will open the 2019 season on Feb. 1 when they host Sterling College in a noon doubleheader at Riverside Stadium.