UHV Soccer Signs 12 Players
UHV soccer adds 12 players, mostly from Texas.
University of Houston-Victoria men’s soccer coach Adrian Rigby today announced the signing of six more student-athletes for the 2018 season.
The signings include three international players, two high school players and one college transfer.
SEBASTIAN LEAL, freshman midfielder, Houston
Leal is a graduate of J. Frank Dobie High School where he was named the District 22-6A MVP and first team all-district. He was also named to the TASCO all-region first team and the All-Houston first team.
He served as team captain and helped guide Dobie to the District 22-6A title and a berth in the Region 3-A quarterfinals.
He also had success in the classroom where he earned the Presidential Academic Award.
“I chose to attend UHV because since the moment I visited the campus it felt like it was the right place for me,” said Leal in making his commitment. “Since the beginning the coaches showed a lot of knowledge and respect to me, making me feel wanted and important. The campus is really nice and it is only getting better with more buildings being added. Not only do I feel like it’s the best athletic choice for me, but also the best choice for my future career.”
Leal plans to study education or business while attending UHV.
JEAN-BOSCO IRUMVA, freshman striker, Dallas
Irumva was a member of the Uplift Peak Preparatory High School team where he was named the athlete of the year, as well as offensive player of the year, most valuable player and all-conference first team.
He also earned recognition on the A-B honor roll and received the Open-Minded Award.
“I chose UHV because it’s a place where I can settle down and with small classroom sizes I can have a good relationship with my professors and focus on my academics as well as play the sport I love,” said Irumva on making his commitment.
Irumava is currently attending UHV and made the UHV team following a tryout at a recent UHV Soccer Elite ID Camp.
Irumva is studying kinesiology while attending UHV.
HENRY SUAZO, junior defender, Houston
Suazo transfers to UHV from Schreiner College where he was a defender. In two seasons at Schreiner he appeared in 36 games with 32 starts. He scored three goals and had three assists in the last two seasons for the Mountaineers.
He played high school soccer at Cypress Creek High School and is a 2016 graduate.
“I chose to transfer to UHV because of how the school will help me beyond college and all of the opportunities that will be provided to me,” said Suazo on making his commitment.
“Also, because of how dedicated the coaches are to the team on and off the field.”
JOE CHAPMAN, freshman midfielder, Ramsbottom, England
Chapman attended Woodhey High School and Holy Cross College where he was the starting center-mid for both teams. He also played a key role in his high school team that reached the regional final in 2015.
“I chose UHV because of the great opportunity it provides, not only from a sporting perspective with soccer, but also as an opportunity for me to travel and visit new places, while studying for a degree I am passionate about at the same time,” said Chapman on making his commitment.
Chapman plans to study general business while attending UHV.
OLLIE HENTON, freshman midfielder, Hitchin, England
Henton attended Stevenage FC EDP where he was the Golden Boot winner of the 2017 Slovenia Tour and captain across half the seasons.
He also earned recognition for Triple Distinction in Level 3 BTEC in Sports Development.
“I chose UHV due to their successful seasons they’ve played and the way the coaches have developed the program,” said Henton on making his commitment. “I look to improve my own skills and play my part to help the squad carry on being a successful team.”
Henton plans to study kinesiology while attending UHV.
BRANDON WATTS, junior midfielder, Sunbury-On-Thames, England
Watts comes to UHV from Bishop Wand Church of England School, where he was twice named Cricket Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year. He also earned the Sports Award for Excellence and helped his team win the Surrey Schools League.
He was also a member of the Hampton & Richmond Borough FC and the Dorking FC where he was the U18s Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
“I am very excited to be joining UHV,” said Watts on making his commitment. “I got a good vibe and buzz of everyone I have spoken to at the school and am looking forward to getting started academically and on the soccer field.”
Watt plans to study general business and sports management while attending UHV.
The signings brings the total number of recruits to 13 for the UHV program for the 2018 season.
The University of Houston-Victoria women’s soccer program continues to grow with the announcing this week of six addition signees for the 2018 recruiting class by head coach Adrian Rigby.
The six new signees join 17 previous signees to the program, along with 11 returnees from last year’s program.
Among the six signees includes two college transfers and four incoming freshmen. The signees include defender Jacquelyn Lemus of McAllen, midfielders Yozary Gonzalez of McAllen and Sabrina Calderon of Rockwall, forward Elizabeth Reyes of Edinburg, and goalkeepers Freja Magnussen of Vallensbaek, Denmark and Valerie Fleener of Texas City.
JACQUELYN LEMUS, freshman defender, McAllen
Lemus is a four-year letter winner for McAllen High School and helped guide her team to the UIL state tournament this past season where they fell in the semifinals to eventually state champion Houston Memorial.
She earned first-team all-district honor as a freshman, junior and senior and was second team all-district as a sophomore. Among her academic honors in school include computer literacy, communication skills for STC and Avid Program Scholar.
“UHV is a university close to my home and my family, it’s like I never left home,” said Lemus in making her commitment. “I chose to attend UHV for its soccer program and the chance given me of continuing my education in a well-rounded university. My family is beyond blessed to have me close to them as it gives them the opportunity to support me whenever and wherever I go.”
Lemus plans to study biology while attending UHV.
YOZARY GONZALEZ, freshman midfielder, McAllen
A graduated of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School, Gonzalez was named her district Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and is coming off a senior year where she was named her district’s MVP, as well as offensive MVP.
She was her district’s utility player of the year as a sophomore and the top goal scorer as a junior and senior.
“The staff and coaches are very welcoming and nice and UHV also feels like home,” said Gonzalez in making her commitment.
Gonzalez plans to study psychology while attending UHV.
SABRINA CALDERON, freshman midfielder, Rockwell
Calderon helped pace Rockwall High School to a District 11-6A championship this past season before seeing the season end in a bi-district playoff lost to eventual regional semifinalist The Woodlands.
She was named her team’s MVP as a junior and earned second team all-district honors this past season. She is also a member of the Solar ECNL Youth 18/19 composite team.
“When I visited UHV for the first time it was such a friendly environment and I knew that it was the best fit for me,” said Calderon on making her commitment. “With such a helpful and caring community I believe I will be able to improve my soccer performance and focus on my studies while making life-long friends.”
Calderon plans to study criminal justice while attending UHV.
ELIZABETH REYES, freshman forward, Edinburg
Reyes has been a scorer for her Donna North High School squad where she has tallied 144 goals in district in four seasons. She has been the team’s MVP all four seasons and has earned first team all-district all four years. She has helped her team when back-to-back district and earn spots in the bi-district and area playoffs.
Off the field she has excelled in the classroom where she has earned recognition on the A&B honor roll.
“UHV has opened a door of opportunities for me that will help me grow both academically and athletically, I want to take advantage of it and grow as a professional,” said Reyes in making her commitment to UHV.
Reyes plans to study criminal justice while attending UHV.
VALERIE FLEENER, sophomore goalkeeper, Texas City
A graduate of Texas City High School, Fleener transfers in from the College of the Mainland where she saw limited action as a freshman. She appeared in four games for the Mainland and allowed one goal with two saves in 39 minutes.
Fleener has also travelled to Costa Rica for a two-week training session with World Cup goalkeeper Keylor Nava’s coach. She also earned the sportsmanship award in cross country her sophomore year in high school.
“When I visited UHV, it felt like a close community-type school and it felt like a home away from home,” said Fleener in making her commitment.
Fleener plans to study kinesiology while attending UHV.
FREJA MAGNUSSEN, sophomore goalkeeper, Vallensbaek, Denmark
Magnussen transfers to UHV from Lassen Community College where she served as the team’s goalkeeper last season.
In 1,080 minutes in goal last season she allowed 39 goals, while coming away with 113 saves.
She was a member of the Danish National Championship in street soccer in 2015 and the Danish National Championship in Futsal in 2017.
“I chose to attend UHV due to the fact that the school both offers a great women’s soccer program and a well-ranked criminal justice program,” said Magnussen in making her commitment. “This means that my time at UHV is both going to challenge my brain and my body, while I do the things I enjoy the most – something I really look forward to.”
Magnussen plans to study criminal justice/administration of justice while attending UHV.
Rigby said he is looking to add a couple more recruits before the 2018 season kicks off in August.