UHV Men’s Soccer Scrimmage Preview
UHV soccer has scrimmages at the Cage on Saturday.
After earning their first-ever NAIA national championship berth last season, the Jaguar men enter this season unranked in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason top 25 poll, but they are top ranked in the Red River Conference. 16 players return from a team that won both the regular season and conference tournament titles Two Jaguar men told me how their pre-season is going so far. Said striker Jose Munoz, “Obviously it’s a new team. We did get some players back. We lost a lot of key players. With every sport you get old and new players. We’re just getting used to the chemistry. It’s a work in progress.”
Said midfielder Brody Patience, “We had a good result against TAMIU with a draw. We were hoping to win the game but they’re a good team and it was our first game. We’re in a rebuilding process now. We lost some key players that graduated.”
UHV soccer’s final pre-season scrimmages come Saturday afternoon at the Cage against Schreiner. Ladies first at 2:00. Schreiner is coached by former UHV assistant Casey Sollins.
After reaching their first-ever NAIA National Championship berth last season, the University of Houston-Victoria men’s soccer teams enters the 2018 season unranked in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 poll.
The Jaguars are coming off an 11-3-2 season from a year ago and were receiving votes in the final seven NAIA coaches’ polls last season. The seven-poll string is the longest the Jaguars have ever been recognized in the poll in school history.
Even though the Jaguars were not recognized in the first poll of the season, they enter the 2018 season ranked first in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Jaguars won both the RRAC regular season and tournament titles last year to advance to the NAIA Opening Round.
The Jaguars finished conference play with a 7-1-2 record last year and were followed in the conference poll by Our Lady of the Lake and LSU-Alexandria.
Defending NAIA national champion Wayland Baptist receive 15 of the 16 first place votes in the preseason poll to enter the year ranked No. 1 with 436 points. Missouri Valley follows at No. 2 with 422 points, while Oklahoma Wesleyan, who received the other first-place vote, is No. 3 with 409 points.
Rounding out the top five in the preseason poll are Marymount College at No. 4 and William Carey (Miss.) at No. 5.
The Jaguars will open the regular season on Sept. 1 in Bartlesville, Okla., where the will face McPherson (Kan.), who received votes in the preseason poll.