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Freshman helps UHV win opener (VIDEO)

By Keldy Ortiz
Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.

UHV's Hector Gonzales, left, is congratulated by Jack Pluckwell after scoring the first goal of the game on a free kick during Saturday's home opener against the University of the Southwest. The Jaguars defeated the Mustangs 2-0.

Daniel Lozano was glad to start Saturday and made sure his impact would be felt.

The Houston native put the game away for UHV in the 89th minute, allowing the Jaguars to walk off the pitch with a 2-0 opening day win.

"I was trying to finish the game, bury the other team," Lozano said.

Lozano was one of seven freshmen to start Saturday's opener for the UHV men's soccer team.

Lozano knew time was running out for the Mustangs to tie the game. Lozano wanted to make sure that couldn't happen.

"He's one of a few freshmen that we got who's interchangeable," coach Adrian Rigbv said about Lozano. "Even though there were a couple of seconds on the clock, he didn't give up on it, so that was great."

Prior to Lozano's goal, he had three shots.

Hector Gonzalez scored a goal early in the first half, thanks to a penalty kick in the 29th minute.

The Mustangs did not give up as the team had six shots on goal, one more than the Jaguars.

"Obviously, the intensity rises when it's a season game," Rigby said, explaining today's performance was "just a little bit of first game jitters."

Playing at forward, Lonzano said the game has changed for him from high school to college.

"It's hard to get used to the tempo of the game," Lozano said.

Training and playing in game-like situations in practice Lozano said should help him and the other freshmen prepare for the rest of the season.

Rigby hopes the team will improve and develop through the course of the season. One player that has shown improvement is Gonzalez, who is in his third season with the Jaguars.

"He's starting to get a leadership role on the team," Rigby said. "He'll never be the biggest guy on the field, but he plays with a huge heart."

Gonzalez believes the other freshman, including Lozano, on the team will develop. He recalled firsthand how it was for him.

"You want to give it your all," Gonzalez said. "I want to bring my experience and try to communicate with the freshmen, so they can give it their all, so they can be successful in the future."

Though it was Lozano's first college game, it won't be his last.

"It takes some getting used to," Lozano said.

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