UHV soccer teams sweep Texas Lutheran
A pair of missed penalty kicks did not impact either University of Houston-Victoria soccer team as both the women and men created and finished enough opportunities to win their home openers over Texas Lutheran.
The women (2-1-0) briefly trailed for four minutes in the second half, before winning 3-2 on Haiydee Moran's curling free kick from the left edge of the penalty area, into the side netting at the far post, with 21:08 remaining that was certainly worthy of being the match winner.
"My foot was numb," Moran said of her goal. "I thought I wasn't going to do much, It started healing up. ...I was was shocked at first because it looked like it was going out, but it in in and it was good."
Adrian Rigby's men's team (2-1-0) had a more comfortable outing as they routed the Bulldogs 4-0 Saturday afternoon.
Jesus Amaya had a clear chance 45 seconds into the match only to be denied by Texas Lutheran goalkeeper Michael Roell. The Jaguars continued to put pressure on the north goal and their efforts were rewarded when Adrian Mendoza put a penalty kick beneath Roell in the 27th minute.
"We have to finish better and move the ball a little bit quicker," said Mendoza, who added his fifth goal of the season in the 35th minute. "I would make runs and they would take an extra touch that would case me to be offside. I need to work on not being offside also."
Texas Lutheran conceded three penalty kicks in the first half. Rigby said the speed of Mendoza, Amaya, Oliver Robinson, Cesar Martinez and others who played up front in his 4-3-3 system, as well as their penchant for running at the defense and winning challenged balls led to the three penalty kicks.
D.J. Glang missed a penalty for the UHV women in the first half. It was a miss that just set up future drama for a side that equaled its 2010 win total with their victory.
Laura Caldwell took a free kick 30 yards from goal that beat Texas Lutheran goalkeeper Danielle Parsons with 8:39 left in the first half.
Whitney Rayo and Desiree Salmon scored for Texas Lutheran in the first eight minutes of the second half to allow the Bulldogs to take a 2-1 lead.
Jordan Simpson tied the score for the Jaguars in the 56th minute. Ashley Frederick's run at the back post forced a Texas Lutheran defender to not provide additional cover to Simpson out on the left wing. The junior took a touch inside, before unleashing a right footed shot into the far corner for the equalizer.
"Going a goal down that was definitely something we were not expecting," said UHV central defender Taylor Belcher. "We thought we could handle it, but it only made us work harder, which got us to work together, become one and get the ball to each other and score like we know how. Eventually we did that, and that is how we won that game."