Jaguars advance to championship game

Nov. 9, 2017 at 10:15 p.m.

UHV's Espen Hansen weaves between defenders  during a  conference game last season against the Eagles at The Cage.

UHV's Espen Hansen weaves between defenders during a conference game last season against the Eagles at The Cage.   Casey Jackson/ for The Victoria Advocate

HOUSTON - Two first-half goals and a strong defensive effort was all the UHV men needed Thursday night to reach the championship game of the Red River Athletic Conference men's soccer tournament.

The Jaguars advanced to their first-ever RRAC title game with a 2-0 win over the Houston St. Thomas Celts at Eagle Field on the campus of Texas A&M-Texarkana.

UHV will face LSU-Alexandria on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Texas A&M-Texarkana in the championship game.

The Jaguars' (10-2-2) goals came in the first half.

Espen Hansen scored the first goal for the Jaguars, which was was assisted by Adrian Rodriguez.

Adrian Mendonza connected on an unassisted goal in the back of the net for the Jaguars' second goal.

Plancarte honored

UHV goalkeeper Palemon Plancarte unseated teammate Reece Hannigan as the Red River Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday night.

Plancarte was named the conference's top defensive player prior to the RRAC Men's Soccer Championship Tournament. Hannigan had won the honor the previous two years.

Plancarte was the linchpin to the UHV defense that paved the way to the Jaguars' first RRAC regular-season title. The junior posted six shutouts and a 0.597 goals against average while the Jaguars went 7-1-2 in conference play. Plancarte had 41 saves on the season, including 30 in conference play.

Plancarte and Hannigan were joined on the RRAC first team by teammates Espen Hansen and Brody Patience, while Brian Foulger, Kyle Davison-Gordon and Connagh Wilks were named to the second team. Hannigan and Hansen are repeat first-team honorees.

UHV head coach Adrian Rigby was named the conference's coach of the year.

Lupton named all-conference

UHV forward Emily Lupton was named to the RRAC all-conference first team on Wednesday night.

It was the third straight year for Lupton to be named to the RRAC first team, after receiving first-team Association of Independent Institution all-conference honors as a freshman.

Lupton paced the Jaguars in conference play with eight goals and one assist, despite missing two games due to an injury. On the season, she tallied a team-high 10 goals with two assists and had three game-winning goals for the 4-8 Jaguars.

During her four-year career with the Jaguars, Lupton said UHV career records for most goals (47), most assists (17), shots (191), shots on goal (117) and game-winning goals (16). Lupton also holds or shares several UHV single-season and single-games records.



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