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UHV soccer quartet win conference honors

Nov. 23, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.

Taylor Belcher

Two freshmen who were largely responsible for the best soccer season in University of Houston-Victoria history were recognized with all-conference honors this week.

Goalkeeper Nathan Kenyon's nine shutouts in 15 matches earned him first-team recognition on the Association of Independent Institutions All-Conference team. Fellow freshman Adrian Mendoza's school-record 15 goals also earned a spot on the first team.

Mendoza's six game-winning goals helped the Jaguars achieve an 11-5-1 record on the field. Kenyon won five of those matches, finishing the season in the Top 20 in NAIA soccer with a .80 goals against average.

Senior right back Rudy Castrejon was named to the second team. His ability to provide defensive cover for the Jaguars typically broke down opposing attacks before they reached Kenyon.

Taylor Belcher, freshman midfielder who was usually deployed as a central defender, was a second team selection for the A.I.I's women's team. She scored two goals in 2011, including a cracking 30-yard free kick in a Sept. 8 victory over Schreiner.

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