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UHV soccer hosts spring tourneys

By Victoria Advocate
April 16, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated April 15, 2012 at 11:16 p.m.


Hours of training and scrimmaging against teammates can be a bit monotonous.

The UHV men's and women's soccer programs will host a glut of tournaments and games this weekend and next to conclude their spring workouts.

Sunday, the Jaguar men will host the Laredo Heat from United Soccer League's Premier Developmental League. That game will be the second of three Adrian Rigby's men's team will have in Victoria this month.

All three games are against top-tier developmental teams, a level Rigby analogized as the Cape Cod League of developmental soccer. This weekend, the Jaguar men will also play the the Houston Dutch Lions from the United Soccer League's Premier Developmental League.

"It will probably be some of the most competitive soccer you'll see all year," Rigby said. "It will be a chance for our guys to play against a high level team."

Meanwhile, the women played a round-robin seven-a-side tournament with Prairie View A&M and UT-Arlington April 14, winning three of their four 40-minute contests.

They will host teams from St. Edward's, UT-San Antonio, and the University of Texas this weekend.

Rigby, who will enter his third year in charge of the women's program, said St. Joseph graduate Shannon Danesi was among those that had an impressive spring.

He added having a smaller group of players on the men's and women's squads means the Jaguars have improved their camaraderie this spring.

"They worked real hard this spring, one the field and in the weight room," Rigby said. "This was a reward for their hard work."

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