SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 9, 2012) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's soccer team struggled against the University of Houston Victoria Sunday afternoon, but the Saints prevailed and won their first game of the season by a score of 3-2.
The Saints improve to 1-3, while the Jaguars drop to 3-4.
The game started out sluggishly for the Saints as they were not able to get any shots through the first half, but were assessed with two yellow cards. The Jaguars attempted four shots in the first period and received one yellow card and committed four fouls.
The Saints came onto the field in the second half with the intention of making an impact, and they succeeded. Within five minutes, senior Gerardo Marquez found the net after an assist from Marcelo Chapa. Jaguars' Adrian Mendoza scored on a penalty kick soon after to event the game at 1-1.
Senior Ramiro Ramirez kicked in a penalty kick for the Saints to give them the 2-1 lead.
The teams would receive four more yellow cards before Saints' freshman Elias Cortes entered the game. He immediately took the ball down the field and scored on an assist from Yared Temesgen to give the Saints the 3-1 lead.
Houston-Victoria scored one more goal at the 81st minute, and the game ended with the Saints 3-2 win.
The Jaguars finished with six shots in the second half compared to five for the Saints. Temesgen led the Saints in shooting with four, two on goal. Robert Alexe (pictured at right) and Cortes followed with three shots, one on goal. Saints' goalkeeper Martin Hansson saved two.
The Saints will return to the field on Sunday, when the play the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant