|Houston-Victoria (Texas) ( 9-6-1/5-3-1)||0||1||0||1|
|Our Lady of the Lake Univ ( 10-2-3/6-0-3)||0||1||1||2|
|San Antonio, TX|
|2||64:09||Angel De la Garza (Our Lady of the Lake Univ)|
|2||80:18||Reece Hannigan (Houston-Victoria (Texas))|
|OT||93:19||Hugo Plascencia (Our Lady of the Lake Univ)|
|Houston-Victoria (Texas)||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake Univ|
|#2 Reece Hannigan - 1||Goals||2 Players (#8,#16) - 1|
|#6 Marcus Watt - 1||Assists||None|
|#21 Stanley Smith - 4||Shots||#16 Hugo Plascencia - 6|
|#1 Brian Redmond - 4||Saves||#1 Jorge Cavazos - 7|
|Houston-Victoria (Texas)||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake Univ|
|16 (9)||Shots (on goal)||17 (6)|
SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 29, 2016) – For the second time in history, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's soccer team has won the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) regular season title after an overtime 2-1 win over the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV).
Prior to the game, the Saints celebrated the nine seniors -- Angel De la Garza (SR/Brownsville, Texas), Jonathan Garay (SR/Houston, Texas), Jose Gomez (SR/Reynosa, Tamaulipas), Sergio Gonzalez (SR/Paramount, Calif.), Igor Nunes do Nascimento (SR/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Marco Perales (SR/Edinburg, Texas), Jared Poling (SR/Keller, Texas), Nickolas Tyrpak (SR/Dripping Springs, Texas) and Juan Carlos Vasquez.
The Saints finish out the season with a 6-0-3 conference record – their first-ever undefeated record – and 10-2-3 overall. UHV drops to 5-3-1 in conference and 9-6-1 overall.
In the RRAC, the Saints have captured their second regular season title – their first was in 2012, when they finished at 9-2. As the No. 1 seed, the Saints, along with No. 2-seed Wiley College (6-3/8-4-1) will have a first-week bye in the conference tournament. No. 3-seed UHV will play No. 6-seed Texas College (3-3-2/8-7-3), and No. 4-seed St. Thomas will play No. 5-seed LSU-Alexandria (4-3-1/7-8-1).
On Nov. 10, OLLU will play the lowest remaining seed at 4 p.m. Wiley will play the highest remaining seed at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 11, the winners of the semifinals games will play for the championships at 3:30 p.m. The games will take place at the Houston Sports Park in Houston and will be hosted by the University of St. Thomas.
The Saints have won seven of four games against the Jaguars. In their first matchup in 2010, the teams tied at 0. In 2014 and 2015, the Jaguars beat the Saints 3-1 and 1-0. The biggest Saints' victory against Victoria was in 2013, when the Saints won 3-0.
The Jaguars out-shot the Saints 10-6 in the first period, and the Saints out-shot the Jaguars 10-6 in the second period.
The first half ended with the teams tied at zero. Just before the period ended, UHV's Kyle Davison-Gordan was assessed a yellow card for arguing with the referee. After six Saints' shots, Angel De la Garza found the back of the net at the 65th minute to put the Saints ahead 1-0.
After the goal, the referee gave OLLU's Adrian Delgado (SO/Brownsville, Texas) a yellow card, and one each to OLLU Head Coach Shane Hurley and UHV Coach Adrian Rigby. Another yellow card was given to OLLU's Marco Perales at the 78th minute and to Gerardo Arriaga at the 79th minute.
A corner kick by UHV's Marcus Watt gave teammate Reece Hannigan the opportunity to score the equalizer at the 81st minute. The period ended with the 1-1 tie.
In the first overtime period, Hugo Plascencia (JR/San Antonio, Texas) scored at the 94th minute to give the Saints the 2-1 win.
UHV's Stanley Smith had four shots. Gerardo Arriaga and Reece Hannigan had three shots each.
The Saints out-shot the Jaguars 17-16.
OLLU keeper Jorge Cavazos (SO/McAllen, Texas) recorded seven saves, while UHV keeper had four. Juan Carlos Vasquez (SR/Naples, Fla.) had one save for the Saints after Cavazos stepped away from the net to defend the ball.
The Saints will prepare for the conference tournament as the No.1 seed. They will take the first round off and play on Nov. 10 in Houston.
Our Lady of the Lake University is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016-2017 as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The University began competing in the NAIA in men's soccer and volleyball in 2007. A year later, they added women's soccer, golf and tennis. In 2009, the Saints began competing in cross-country, softball and basketball. In 2014, OLLU added two more sports — baseball and track and field. There are now 13 intercollegiate athletic teams at OLLU. All athletic alumni and up to two family members will receive free admission to basketball and volleyball games throughout the season. Baseball is not included in this special offer. All other home games are free and open to the public.