UHV sweeps Paul Quinn in home opener

Marcus Gutierrez By Marcus Gutierrez

Oct. 5, 2017 at 10:15 p.m.

UHV's Yahajaira Lara takes a shot on goal during Thursday's game against Paul Quinn College.

UHV's Yahajaira Lara takes a shot on goal during Thursday's game against Paul Quinn College.   Olivia Vanni for The Victoria Advocate

Jaiden Lauterbach had a smile on her face when she stepped onto the field at The Cage on Thursday afternoon.

The Jaguars were playing in their home opener against Paul Quinn College and felt support from the fans.

This was their first game in Victoria since Hurricane Harvey.

"It felt good to have some school support," Lauterbach said. "To see our family and friends in the stands out here was great."

The Jaguars defeated the Lady Tigers 3-2 to improve to 2-4 on the season.

"Our kids have been going through a lot of adversity along with the people of Victoria," said UHV coach Adrian Rigby. "It's nice to sleep on your own bed and be back around the campus. It was great to play at home."

The Jaguars led 2-0 after the first half.

Freshman forward Kaitlyn Finger scored the first goal at The Cage with 9:01 into the game after a steal.

Senior forward Emily Upton added a goal assisted by Yahajaira Lara with 23:31 into the first half.

"We kept on fighting and kept on pushing on offense," Lauterbach said. "We were battling and getting a lead at halftime helped us with our confidence."

Jurnee Hernandez kicked the ball in the back of the net in the second half for the Jaguars only goal.

"I think offensively we finished, but we still had some chance where we could have scored more.

The Jaguars defense allowed one goal to the Lady Tigers (2-6), which was near the end of the game from Amy Joya.

Senior goalkeeper Bianca Galindo had eight saves for the Jaguars.

"We will learn how to close out games and to keep the shutout," Rigby said. "We have to get better at that aspect.

Lauren Leslie knows that this win will help the Jaguars in the future.

"I feel like this win will help our confidence," said the junior midfielder Leslie. "We put a lot of effort on the field, and this is what we needed to get our confidence back. It's been about six weeks since we played here since the hurricane. We were passing and playing well. We got better as a unit in this game."

"Every game you look for positive and negative things," Rigby said. "We took a lot more positives than negatives this game. We will get some confidence from this game and continue to get better."

Jaguars extend winning streak

The men's team extended its a winning streak to four games as the Jaguars defeated the Tigers 3-2.

Freshmen Connah Willks scored the first goal for the Jaguars(5-1) with 18:10 into the game and the Jaguars took 1-0 lead into halftime.

Sophomore forward Brody Patience scored a goal, which was assisted by Sanad Jalajal, at the 81:59 mark.

Seven minutes later, Jalajal set up Adrian Mendoza for the Jaguars last goal of the game.

Tigers (2-7) sophomore forward Jordan Hall scored at the 89.54 mark to cut the Jaguars lead to one, but it wasn't enough to steal the game.


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