UHV Soccer Sweeps Paul Quinn

UHV soccer gets its first conference sweep of the season. It happens on the road at Paul Quinn Thursday afternoon. UHV won the women’s game 7-0 to get its first win of the season, improving its Red River record to 1-2. For the Jaguar women, Isabella Strasheim had two goals, with single goals from Lizzy McDonald, Victoria Smith, Lauren Leslie, Hayden Jenner and Priscilla Cortinas. The UHV men beat Paul Quinn, 3-1, to improve to 3-0 in the RRAC. Jaguar goals from Connagh Wilks, Adrian Rodriguez, and Jean Bosco Irumva. UHV soccer continues conference play at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico on Saturday.

For the second straight year, the University of Houston-Victoria men’s soccer team was recognized as one of the 773 college soccer teams to earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Jaguars compiled a team 3.02 GPA during the academic year with 18 players earning recognition as Red River Athletic Conference Scholar Athletes. The Jaguars also had 25 players earn recognition on the UHV Dean’s List in the Fall and Spring, with 10 being selected to the President’s List.

To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player’s GPA, then dividing by the number of players.

A total of 484 women’s teams and 289 men’s team from throughout the United States earn the honor announced Thursday. Among these programs, 191 schools received the honor for both their men’s and women’s programs.

The UHV women’s program also earned the honors in 2016 and 2017.

Former Real Madrid and Juventus striker Alvaro Morata ended a miserable spell of form with the only goal of the game on Thursday as Chelsea recorded its second straight 1-0 victory in the Europa League, against plucky Hungarian outfit Vidi.

Elsewhere, substitute Patrick Cutrone netted twice in nine minutes to lift AC Milan to a 3-1 comeback triumph at home to Olympiakos, while teenage forward Emile Smith Rowe scored his first senior goal as Arsenal made the most of its longest-ever trip for a European game by winning 3-0 at Qarabag.

Like Chelsea, Milan and Arsenal, last year’s semifinalist Salzburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Zurich, Sporting, Frankfurt, Krasnodar and Dinamo Zagreb also made it two victories from two group games.

Arsenal’s Armenia forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan was one of three players who didn’t make the 4,000-kilometer (2,486-mile) trip to the Azerbaijan capital of Baku.

Azerbaijan and Armenia are in a territorial dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Mkhitaryan also skipped a trip to Azerbaijan three years ago when he was playing for Borussia Dortmund, with the German club citing security concerns.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said Mkhitaryan “cannot travel here.” It’s not clear what will happen if the team reaches the final in Baku.

Here’s a look at Thursday’s games:


Spain forward Morata scored his first goal since August, sweeping the ball in from close range following a header from Brazil playmaker Willian, to earn Chelsea maximum points against Vidi.

Substitute Ross Barkley then almost made it 2-0 when his header hit the crossbar a few minutes later.

Chelsea dominated but Vidi defended stoutly and occasionally threatened on the counter attack, forcing two stunning saves from goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in front of the watching Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

With three goals early on, PAOK Thessaloniki cruised to a 4-1 win at BATE Borisov.

BATE and PAOK trail Group L leader Chelsea by three points.


Boosted by a 4-1 victory at Sassuolo in Serie A on Sunday and with forward Gonzalo Higuain returning from injury, seven-time European Cup champion AC Milan looked strong in the opening stages against Olympiakos and had an offside goal disallowed early on.

Miguel Angel Guerrero gave the visitors the lead against the run of play in the 14th minute with a deflected header.

Milan then wasted some chances before Ricardo Rodriguez crossed for Cutrone to head the equalizer with 20 minutes to go. Higuain’s low shot put the Italian club 2-1 up and Cutrone tapped in his second goal from close range in the 79th.

Milan leads Group F with six points, two ahead of Real Betis, which scored three goals in the second half to ease past Luxembourg newcomer Dudelange 3-0.


Emery followed the example of predecessor Arsene Wenger by resting nine front-line players in Baku.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who netted twice in the opening 4-2 victory over Vorskla, didn’t travel due to illness, while Aaron Ramsey stayed at home for family reasons.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored the first goal after four minutes when Nacho Monreal headed the ball on from a corner. The 18-year-old Smith Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi then struck in the second half.

Sporting rallied to win 2-1 at Ukraine’s Vorskla to join Arsenal atop Group E with six points.


Lazio’s Dusan Basta and Joaquin Correa were sent off in their team’s 4-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Basta received a second yellow card at the end of the first half, while Correa was dismissed for a challenge on Jonathan de Guzman in the 58th minute.

Danny da Costa (2), Luka Jovic and Filip Kostic were on target for Eintracht, with Marco Parolo replying for Lazio.

A late goal from Emilio Zelaya salvaged a 2-2 draw for Apollon Nicosia at home to Marseille after last year’s runner-up had led 2-0.

Eintracht tops Group H with six points, three more than Lazio.


Sevilla lost 2-1 at Krasnodar in Group J. The most successful club in Europa League history went ahead after Charles Kabore’s own goal but the Russian side rallied thanks to Mauricio Pereyra and Tornike Okriashvili.

Bayer Leverkusen came from a goal down to defeat AEK Larnaca 4-2 and is tied atop Group A on six points with Zurich, which edged Ludogorets 1-0.

In Group B, Salzburg came from a goal down against Celtic to win 3-1 and now leads the way on six points. The Scottish champion is tied in second place on three with Leipzig, which won 3-1 at Rosenborg.

Dinamo Zagreb upset host Anderlecht 2-0 to dominate Group D with six points.

Rennes had to travel even further than Arsenal, 5,000 kilometers (3,107 miles), to Kazakhstan’s Astana and suffered a 2-0 defeat in Group K.

Rangers, managed by former England midfielder Steven Gerrard, won 3-1 at home to Rapid Vienna with two goals from Alfredo Morelos and a penalty by James Tavernier. Also in Group G, Spartak Moscow drew 3-3 with Villarreal.

Newcomer Sarpsborg beat Genk 3-1 in Group I to claim its first Europa League victory.


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