UHV Soccer Starts Scrimmages
UHV men’s and women’s soccer start pre-season scrimmages Wednesday on the road.
Coming off a 4-9 season from a year ago, the Jaguar women are picked to finish eighth in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Jaguars return just 10 players from last year’s team that finished 3-7 in conference. I talked with two UHV women’s soccer players about how pre-season workouts are going. Said
center midfielder Nisa Ollivierre, “Things are looking pretty well. Last year we had a difficult time. This time we look like we’re pretty stacked on the field and even on the bench, and on the playing field as well.” Said center back Maria Grogan, “As a team we brought each other up and we were telling each other they’re doing a good job, to keep going and to push yourself. Your body can do a lot more than you think. That was really good for a lot of the freshmen, lot of incoming people, saying to keep going. The captains helped with that as well.”
UHV men’s and women’s soccer’s first pre-season scrimmages come Wednesday. The Jaguars take on A&M-International in Laredo, ladies first at 5:00.
Coming off a 4-9 season from a year ago, the University of Houston-Victoria women’s soccer team enters the 2018 season picked to finish eighth in the Red River Athletic Conference
The Jaguars return just 10 players from last year’s team that finished 3-7 in conference last season. With a lot of new faces on this year’s team, the Jaguars hope they can make some noise early when they face two top-25 teams to open the season on Sept. 1 and 3.
The Jaguars begin the year at Oklahoma Wesleyan where they will face the Lady Eagles, who are ranked 13th in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll released on Tuesday. The Jaguars then go against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, where the Drovers are ranked No. 20 and picked to win the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Defending national champion Spring Arbor (Mich.) collected all 15 first-place votes to begin the season ranked No. 1 with 405 points, with Benedictine (Kan.) following at No. 2 with 391 points. Rounding out the top five are the University of Northwestern Ohio at No. 3, William Carey (Miss.) at No. 4 and Martin Methodist (Tenn.) at No. 5.
Houston St. Thomas, which won the RRAC title last year, is picked to repeat as conference champion, followed by Texas A&M-Texarkana at No. 2 and LSU-Alexandria at No. 3.