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Ex-Refugio kicker powerful addition to soccer team (video)

By Julie Garcia
Sept. 26, 2013 at 4:26 a.m.

University of Houston-Victoria midfielder Stanley Smith celebrates after scoring in the first half against Southern Assemblies of God University in Victoria.

Refugio coach Jason Herring affectionately referred to Jhostan Padron as "Righty" when he was a kicker on his team a few years ago.

While Padron was a kicker for the Bobcats, the team made it to the semifinal championship.

After spending two years at Coastal Bend Community College playing soccer, Padron has returned to the Crossroads as a part of the UHV soccer team, which boasts members from all over Texas and the world.

Padron scored one goal for the Jaguars on Thursday evening against Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

UHV rounded out their seventh-consecutive win by shutting down SAGU 8-2.

Padron likened his experience on the Jaguars to kicking for Refugio.

"I'm pretty confident that we'll go far this year," Padron said. "I feel really good being with this group of people."

With Refugio's strong winning tradition and sense of unity, Padron said that kicking for the Bobcats prepared him for college soccer.

"Knowing other players - it just got me a lot of experience from it," he said.

Padron missed out on the 2011 state championship season by two years but played with many of the champions before that.

"To be on a team that makes it to playoffs every year, it's an amazing feeling," he said.

Coach Herring recalls Padron as "always smiling, always happy."

When he first started coaching Refugio, he said the team was lacking a solid kicker.

"Kiddo (Padron) loved to play soccer; anytime he could, he would find a game and play soccer - a complete natural," Herring said.

Refugio doesn't have a soccer program, which led Padron to play other sports and dedicate time to kicking a football.

"People underestimate the value of a kicker," Herring said. "They don't even know who the kicker is most of the time until it's the last play of the game and you need the PAT - then everyone knows who he is."

Herring described Padron's kicking style as focused.

"He was a cool cucumber; nothing bothered him; and he didn't get rattled," he said. "He was a really good kid to coach."

UHV coach Adrian Rigby hopes to recruit Padron's younger brother, Cristian, to the team next season.

Cristian broke a state record in 2010 for extra points kicked in a Texas football season with 100.

He is currently a student at Coastal Bend.

"Both the Padrons (Jhostan and his younger brother, Cristian) were strong kickers," Herring said. "I called Jhostan 'Righty' and Cristian 'Lefty.'"

Padron looks forward to possibly playing with his brother again.

"We grew up playing soccer every day," Padron said. "He's probably a better kicker than me - he broke a lot of records playing at Refugio."

Rigby is looking to strengthen his already powerful squad. He cited the Jaguars' deep roster as one of the reasons for their success.

"We've been on a good roll lately, winning seven games in a row," Rigby said. "I think the guys have really figured out what it means to be a collegiate player and win collectively as a group."

UHV 8, SAGU 2

Stanley Smith was the only starter to score for the UHV men's soccer team, but it didn't really matter, as six players came off the bench to score goals in the Jaguars' 8-2 win Thursday evening over Southwestern Assembly of God University.

Smith scored the first goal less than 10 minutes into the game, and Abel Farias, Ben Taylor and Mario Alaniz all scored after the 30-minute mark to give UHV a 4-0 lead.

Southwestern Assembly opened the second half with a quick score, but Ranique Ramsarupe, Jhostan Padron and Kyle Talley scored their first goals of the day. Alaniz scored again in the 77th minute for his second goal of the game.

UHV 5, SAGU 1

The UHV women's soccer team scored two goals in the first half and never looked back as the Jaguars cruised to a 5-1 victory over Southwestern Assembly of God University.

Caroline Carvajal and Katia Trevino each scored for UHV in the first half, and Trevino began the second half with another goal. Megan Huerta and Ciara Devore each scored in the second half to build UHV's 5-1 victory.

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