Freshman step up for UHV soccer teams against Schreiner
By BY WILL BROWN - WBROWN@VICAD.COM
Sept. 9, 2011 at 4:09 a.m.
Confidence is smacking a free kick just under the crossbar for your first collegiate goal. Confidence is playing well enough to record a second shutout on the season. Confidence is allowing instinct to take over to finish off an opponent.
Confidence has permeated the University of Houston-Victoria women's soccer team as training tactics have started to show up during matches. The Jaguars defeated Schreiner University 3-0 Thursday after getting goals from a trio of freshmen.
The best of the bunch was from Shannon Danesi in the 62nd minute to finish the scoring. Fellow freshman Tabby Zella found her on the right wing. Danesi's first touch was a flick over Mountaineers defender Kayla Dudley. She sprinted toward the touchline, cut across another defender, feigned a cross before placing her shot beneath the goalkeeper - for her first career goal.
"I was very nervous," Danesi said after getting her first action as a collegiate soccer player. "I wasn't expecting to play. The adrenaline took over."
Danesi strained her MCL during preseason training. She had just two training sessions before being thrown into the game late in the first half.
"It was a good win. The girls are gaining momentum and getting better with each game," said UHV soccer coach Adrian Rigby. ... "Being 4-1 gives them a lot of confidence at the fact they are doing the right things. There were some great individual finishes. Shannon Danesi scored a great goal. Tabby, with her hard work, scored a great goal as well. It just gives us confidence going forward."
The loss drops Schreiner to (1-2) on the season, while the Jaguars double their win total from the 2010 season.
The Jaguar men (4-1) rolled to a 5-0 victory Thursday afternoon. It was the team's second straight home shutout. Adrian Mendoza scored his seventh and eighth goals, which moved him to second in NAIA scoring on the season.
However, the person Schreiner soccer coach Paul Hayes said his team had little answer for was UHV central midfielder Hector Gonzalez.
The freshmen from Brownsville set up the opener in the 18th minute when he hassled a pair of Schreiner defenders, won the ball in his penalty area, before rolling a pass to an unmarked Mendoza.
Jesus Amaya provided a pair of assists from set pieces. The first found the head of Juan Ibarra in the 20th minute on a free kick from the right wing, while the second was to Abdiel Campos' head from a corner kick with three minutes remaining.
The Jaguars had 12 corner kicks, five of which were in the first 10 minutes of the match. Gonzalez said is team played their game, by remaining patient despite not getting an early opener.
"All the team played well," said Gonzalez who had a goal and assist. "I just did my job to pass the ball to my outside and my forwards. I give them all the credit."