UHV Men’s Soccer Hits The Road To Start The Season

Coming off their most successful season in school history, the University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars are set to open the 2018 collegiate soccer season against two top-notch opponents on the road.

The Jaguars open the year against McPhearson College in a 5:30 p.m. match in Bartlesville, Okla., and then take on the University of Science and Arts in a 7 p.m. match in Chickasha, Okla., on Monday. Both the Bulldogs and Drovers enter the season receiving votes in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 poll.

The Jaguars will be starting the season under different circumstances than last year not having to deal with the after effects of Hurricane Harvey which caused the cancellation of several early season games last year.

The Jaguars have to preseason contests under their belts and appear focused for the task ahead of them in their season openers.

“We are going to be looking for continued growth in the way we are playing,” said UHV head coach Adrian Rigby. “We are looking forward to having our players gain valuable experience from playing some quality opponents.”

While the Jaguars lost some key components to their successes last year, they return several key pieces from that Red River Athletic Conference championship team. Among those returnees are RRAC Defensive Player of the Year and senior goalkeeper Palemon Plancarte (SR/Houston, TX), along with junior forward Brody Patience (JR/Douglas, Isle of Man) and sophomore defender Connagh Wilks (SO/Egham, England).

Patience was named to the RRAC first team last year, while Wilks was a second team pick. Plancarte and Patience were also named to the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association all-region second team.

Plancarte finished last season with an 11-3-2 record in goal with eight shutouts and a 0.931 goals against average after allowing just 15 goals in 15 games. Patience tallied five goals and one assist, while Wilks also contributed three goals.

Also back to help in the scoring for the Jaguars will be Adrian Rodriguez (SO/McAllen, TX), who had three goals and five assists, along with Louie Fox (SO/London, England) and Sanad Jalajal (SO/Sugar Land, TX), who each had two goals.

GAME DAY NOTES:

This is the first-ever meeting between the Bulldogs and Jaguars. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 12-7 record last year and lost in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference finals to Oklahoma Wesleyan 5-2. The Jaguars have a 4-4 record in season-opening games and have won their last two season openers. The Jaguars are 0-2 against the Drovers falling 3-0 in 2013 and 1-0 in 2015. The drovers are currently 1-1 on the season having opened the year with a 3-2 loss to No. 5 William Carey, before bouncing back with a 1-0 win over No. 6 Mobile. The Drovers finished last season with a 12-5-2 record.

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