UHV women's and men team return home and get wins
The last few games have been difficult for UHV goalkeeper Jennifer Sanchez.
Not only have the Jaguars suffered through a four game losing streak, but Sanchez was also responsible for allowing eight goals.
Saturday, however, was different for the Jaguars. The sophomore had two saves in the 4-0 shutout over Schreiner.
"Any time you can get a shutout, it's the best thing for a goalkeeper," Sanchez said. "It gives you so much more confidence going into practice next week and the two games we have coming up. It's always a confidence booster, definitely."
The second-year veteran, along with the rest of the Jaguars, recognized the sluggish level of play they had. Prior to Saturday, in their last four games, they were outscored 18-4.
Jaguars coach Adrian Rigby didn't lose faith in Sanchez. In her first year in a UHV uniform, Sanchez was named to the AII second team all-conference while also being named the team's female soccer player of the year.
"As a coach, if you see something once from one of your players, you kind of hold them up to that standard from there on out," Rigby said. "Sanchez has played well for us in the past. Both goalkeepers have had a shaky go at it the last couple of games. We just decided to go with Sanchez, and she came through."
In the first half, with the Jaguars already up 2-0, the Lady Mountaineers pushed forward with an effort to come back. In the 27th minute, Lady Mountaineers sophomore forward Kelcie Nesbitt was on a breakaway with the chance to score, but Sanchez blocked the shot to keep the shutout intact.
"Jen is a very important part of our team," sophomore Sheilat Akapo said. "I know at the forward, I'm supposed to score goals, but I know she's going to save the goals from the other team."
Sanchez made another save in the 32nd minute after junior forward Gabrielle Watson missed a chance on a breakaway to score for the Lady Mountaineers.
While Sanchez was keeping balls out of the net, Akapo was putting them in Schreiner's. She had two goals on the afternoon along with a goal by Ciara Devore and Ashley Romeo.
"I thought it was a good team win," Rigby said. "We got everyone into the game, so everyone contributed to the win."
For the Jaguars, the win Saturday gives them a chance to build and be successful in their two upcoming games against Concordia University-Texas and University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
"We needed this game, and I think this game helped us a lot," Sanchez said. "We're getting our shape back and our momentum back from here on out moving forward."
UHV men winning streak at four games
UHV coach Adrian Rigby wanted to say he was glad with his team's 4-0 win Saturday, but his players could have done better.
Five shots on goal were taken in the first half by the Jaguars. Only one shot connected in the back of the net off a goal by Jaguars freshman Jack Pluckwell.
"I guess I was surprised by our ability not to finish right," Rigby said, "We didn't have composure on those shots. We had chances, but we didn't finish with the final product."
The Jaguars responded to their coach's displeasure in the first half, scoring three goals in the second half.
"It's disappointing for us as a team, especially since we've had good performances running up to this," Pluckwell said. "Coach's halftime team talk hit home for us, and the players got together to bring it up and bring it to another level."
Pluckwell finished the afternoon with two goals, while Jose Aguero and Christian Turman finished with a goal each. Daniel Lozano had two assists in the win.
"I've seen these guys in their recent games get up to that fourth and fifth gear," Rigby said. "That's our goal going forward. We'll have to learn from a game like this as well as take the win from it."