UHV Women’s Soccer Opens Season Saturday

A young University of Houston-Victoria women’s soccer team will get a strong test when they open the 2018 collegiate soccer season against two ranked opponents.

The Jaguars will open their 2018 campaign on the road Saturday when they face off against the No. 13 Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles in a 7:30 p.m. They then wrap up the season-opening road trip with a contest against the No. 20 University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers on Monday at 5 p.m.

The Jaguars have just 10 players back from last year’s squad that finished 4-9 and among those returnees is three-year starter Lauren Leslie (SR/Falkirk, Scotland). Leslie finished with three goals and one assist last year.

Among the other returnees are Marshae Campbell (SR/Houston), Nisa Ollivierre (SO/Baytown, TX), Jurnee Fernandez (SR/Fresno, CA), Araceli Guerrero (SO/Houston, TX), Amanda Bautista (JR/Houston, TX), Zuzelane Sanchez (SR/Dallas, TX), Olivia Salas (SO/Victoria), Emilie Linares (SR/Pasadena, TX) and Kaylee Creagh (SO/Mabank, TX).

Fernandez and Salas each chipped in a goal for the Jaguars last season, while Fernandez added three assists. In goal, Bautista posted a 2-7 record and allowed 18 goals, while picking up 51 saves.

Jaguars head coach Adrian Rigby will also be counting on five transfers and 17 freshmen to help the Jaguars achieve a successful campaign.

“We’ve progressed well in the preseason with some of our younger players gaining valuable experience and we hope to continue that going into the season,” said Rigby.

The Jaguars have already gotten a good taste of top-notch competition having faced NCAA Division II foe Texas A&M-International and NCAA Division III Schreiner University in a pair of preseason exhibition games.

GAME DAY NOTES:

The Jaguars lead the series 1-0 against the Eagles, picking up a 4-0 win in 2012. Oklahoma Wesleyan finished last season with a 20-2-1 record. The Eagles had their season-opener against Hasting (Neb.) postponed UHV has won both of the previous meetings against the Drovers winning 3-2 in 2013 and 4-0 in 2015. The Drovers are currently 1-1 on the season after falling to No. 4 William Carey 4-1 and beating No. 9 Mobile 2-1 in double overtime. The Drovers finished last season 17-4-1 and lost to Embry Riddle 3-1 in the NAIA Opening Round.

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