UHV women beat St. Gregory's, extend scoreless streak
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One lapse in concentration can be the margin of defeat in many sports. But, in soccer it comes so quickly, and what appears to be a minute miscue in the midfield can result in a goal.
The University of Houston-Victoria women's soccer team won its second straight contest because of one such mistake Saturday afternoon.
Less than three minutes into the game St. Gregory's missed a defensive header on their side of the field. The Cavaliers failed to clear the ball. As UHV midfielder Nereyda Martinez streaked through the St. Gregory's defense she was tripped in the penalty area.
Martinez, a Victoria West graduate, coolly finished off the penalty kick, and that was that. The Jaguars held on for a 1-0 victory.
"We held the ball better than the other team," said St. Gregory's head coach Tommy Riley. "Unfortunately, it came down to one mistake that cost us the game. It was a combo of mistakes that led to the penalty."
The win, means the Jaguars (2-1) have posted consecutive shutouts for the first time in the three-year history of the program. They have not allowed a goal in more than 203 minutes of action.
Freshman Jennifer Sanchez has been in goal the entire time for UHV. She said her relationship, and communication, with Jaguars defenders Patricia Negrete, Darby Price, Iris Mares, Arielle McGillis has been a big factor for the scoreless stretch.
"Our effort has gone up, but it's still something we have to work on," Sanchez said. "We have to be consistent on it. .We've got to the point where we are getting to know how to play and everything. I think our communication and effort (have improved) but we have to build on that too."
Entering the weekend games with Schreiner and St. Gregory's UHV head coach Adrian Rigby said his women's team needed to keep the intensity for a full 90 minutes.
Saturday was the first time Sanchez and many of the program's first-year players had to play on consecutive days. Though the game was more open in the final 20 minutes, the Jaguars held on for the shutout.
"There was a little bit of an adjustment there, it took us a while to get going. All credit to St. Gregory's, I thought they came in and had a little bit better of the run of play. Fortunately, we were on the better side of the results."
MEN'S SOCCER: UHV 3, ST. GREGORY'S 0
First half goals from Christian Turman and Juan Ibarra helped the University of Houston-Victoria men's soccer team win its second straight match. The Jaguars (2-2) topped St. Gregory's University 3-0 Saturday at The Cage.
St. Gregory's Luke Keogh received a red card eight seconds before half time, but by then the Jaguars led 2-0. Hector Gonzalez scored the final goal of the day, when he swept in a Hector Ramirez cross on the volley in the 50th minute.