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Men’s soccer advances to RRAC semifinals

The men’s soccer team defeated Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) 2-0 in the opening round of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Tournament. The No. 3-seeded Saints will face No. 2-seed LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) in the semifinals on Thursday.


The Saints are undefeated against the Eagles at 6-0.


The Saints controlled the pace of play from the start. Norberto Lira (JR/Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) gave the Saints the lead early in the 17th minute. He scored on a deflection off the goalkeeper assisted by Connor Bagley (SO/Norwich, Norfolk, U.K.)’s kick. OLLU tallied 13 shots in the first half and took the one-goal advantage to halftime.

Bernard Cutini Alvarenga (SR/Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil) added to the Saints lead in the second half with a goal at the 64th minute. Starting goalkeeper Joseph Baker (SO/Llantwit Major, Wales, U.K.) made three saves in a shutout performance. Both teams combined for 18 fouls and the Saints won 2-0 to advance to the RRAC semifinals. The Saints defense limited the Eagles to four shots.

Scoring overview

17′ – OLLU – Norberto LiraConnor Bagley – Assist

64′ – OLLU – Bernard Cutini Alvarenga

Inside the box score

Leading the way for the Saints’ offense was Carlos Beltran (JR/San Antonio, Texas) with six shots. Dylan Beck led the Eagles with two shots.

Overall, the Saints tallied 18 shots, with 10 on goal. TAMUT recorded four shots, three being on goal.

What’s next

The Saints will play in the RRAC semifinals against LSUS on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Texarkana, Texas.

Men’s soccer outlasts LSU-Shreveport 1-0

The men’s soccer team defeated LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) 1-0 on Saturday. The Saints improve to 4-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. LSUS received votes in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

Head Coach Shane Hurley said, “This was a good win for our players due to a great team effort. It was nice to see all 21 players traveling completely switched on and in the moment.”


The Saints are 4-3 in the all-time series against the Pilots.


Norberto Lira (JR/Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) scored in the 33rd minute in what would be the game-winning goal. There were five total yellow cards handed out during the match. Starting goalie Joseph Baker (SO/Llantwit Major, Wales, U.K.) played all 90 minutes and made six saves. The Saints picked up the 1-0 victory despite allowing 15 shots and committing 16 fouls.

Scoring overview

33′ – OLLU – Norberto Lira – Assist by Mitchell Medrano

Inside the box score

Leading the way for the Saints’ offense was Lira and Mitchell Medrano (SR/Baytown, Texas) with two shots each. Gledi Doda led the Pilots with three shots.

Overall, the Saints tallied seven shots, with four on goal. LSUS recorded 15 shots, six being on goal.

What’s next

The Saints finish the regular season against University of Houston-Victoria at home on March 27 at 2:30 p.m

Men’s soccer welcomes Alejandro Aragon and Luis Castro to the fall 2021 squad

Pictured at left is Alejandro Aragon with his family and Luis Castro with his family. Assistant Coach Marcelo Chapa, Head Coach Shane Hurley and Assistant Coach Daniel Oughton are pictured standing.

The men’s soccer welcomed Alejandro Aragon and Luis Castro to the 2021 squad that will become competing in the fall of 2021.

Aragon, a San Antonio native, attends Veterans Memorial High School in Universal City. The 5’10” center-back plans to major in criminal justice.

Castro is a native of San Antonio, where he attends Wagner High School. The central midfielder earned second-team all-district honors twice, the Judson Independent School District Player of the Tournament twice, and he was his team’s captain in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons.

The 6’0″ incoming freshman plans to major in marketing.

The Saints are currently competing in their season as a result of having to move their schedule to the spring due to COVID-19.

Men’s soccer falls to University of the SOuthwest

The men’s soccer team fell to University of the Southwest (USW) 3-2 on Saturday. The Saints fall to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Southwest improves to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Shane Hurley commented, “I can’t take anything away from Southwest. Their players worked hard the entire game. While we were better in possession, Southwest did more with their chances.”


The Saints lead the all-time series over Southwest 11-5.


The Saints took an early lead with a goal from Mitchell Medrano (SR/Baytown, Texas) at the 24th minute. The Mustangs responded quickly with a strike from Matthew Alvarado to tie the game 11 minutes later. The Saints tallied three shots on goal and four corner kicks in the first half.

Miguel Barrera (SO/San Antonio, Texas) put the Saints ahead 2-1 only four minutes into the second half. Carlos Cabrera (SR/Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico) picked up the assist. Alvarado scored again for Southwest to tie the game at the 56th minute. The Mustangs took the lead a minute later with a goal from Luis Calvillo. Southwest held on to win 3-2. The Saints finished with six corner kicks and seven shots on goal.

Scoring overview

24′ – OLLU – Mitchell Medrano

35′ – USW – Matthew Alvarado

49′ – OLLU – Miguel Barrera

56′ – USW– Matthew Alvarado

57′ – USW – Luis Calvillo

Inside the box score

Leading the Saints’ offense was Norberto Lira (JR/Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) and Medrano with four shots each. Alvarado led the Mustangs with seven shots.

Overall, the Saints tallied 14 shots, with seven on goal. Southwest recorded 11 shots, nine being on goal.

USW’s Khalid Abdulkhalik was shown a yellow card at the 10th minute.

What’s next

The Saints face LSU-Alexandria on the road on March 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Men’s soccer celebrates Seniors’ Day with dominant 5-0 win over Jarvis

Hear from seniors Bernard Alvarenga, Luan Balestieri, Carlos Cabrera, Jose Delgado and Miguel Sanchez.


The men’s soccer team celebrated Seniors’ Day with a 5-0 victory over Jarvis Christian College (JCC). The Saints improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. The Bulldogs fall to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the RRAC.

The Saints honored Bernard Cutini Alvarenga (SR/Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil), Luan Balestieri (SR/Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Carlos Cabrera (SR/Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico), Jose Delgado (SR/San Antonio, Texas) and Miguel Sanchez (SR/San Antonio, Texas) during Seniors’ Day.


The Saints have yet to lose to Jarvis with a 6-0 all-time series advantage.


The Saints opened the scoring at the 17th-minute mark from Norberto Lira (JR/Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico). Javier Pena (SO/San Antonio, Texas) scored 12 minutes later off a header with an assist by Mitchell Medrano (SR/Baytown, Texas). The Saints totaled 17 shots and seven corner kicks in the first half.

OLLU added to the 2-0 advantage with a goal from Carlos Beltran (JR/San Antonio, Texas) in the 56th minute. Senior Balestieri scored in the 71st minute and Miguel Barrera (SO/San Antonio, Texas) tacked on a goal in the 85th minute. The Saints won convincingly 5-0 and goalkeeper Joseph Baker (SO/Llantwit Major, Wales, U.K.) made three saves in 75 minutes played to earn the win. Keelin Garrity (JR/Hartford, Conn.) took over in net for the final 15 minutes and tallied one save.

Scoring overview

17′ – OLLU – Norberto Lira

29′ – OLLU – Javier Pena– Assist from Mitchell Medrano

56′ – OLLU – Carlos Beltran

71′ – OLLU – Luan Balestieri

85′ – OLLU – Miguel Barrera

Inside the box score

Leading the way for the Saints’ offense was Lira and Cabrera with four shots each. Cesar Hernandez and Espoir Mugisha led the Bulldogs with three shots apiece.

Overall, the Saints tallied 17 shots, with 10 on goal. Jarvis recorded 10 shots, four being on goal.

JCC’s Alan Chairez was shown a yellow card at the 71st minute.

JCC’s Mugisha was shown a yellow card at the 83rd minute.

What’s next

The Saints welcome the University of the Southwest for a RRAC match on March 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Marcelo Chapa looking forward to senior season as Saints’ captain

chapa2Marcelo Chapa enters his senior season as a part of the men’s soccer team at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in 2014. Chapa has played a total 48 games over the span of three seasons as a Saint which includes both a Red River Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships in 2012.

The senior from San Antonio is already thinking about the upcoming season in hopes that it is a memorable one on his part and it seems like soccer never stops in his life.

“I’m excited to get back in season,” Chapa said.

Over the summer, Chapa has helped men’s soccer coach, Shane Hurley, run and operate a summer league at OLLU for high school students and he coaches a local soccer club as well.

“Running that summer league made me want to come back and get started already,” he said.

Chapa is excited at the opportunity to get the ball rolling and sharing the field with his teammates. This year OLLU has recruited several international players to be a part of the Saints men’s soccer team.

“This is a different team,” he said. “We have people coming from different areas and they come in with the right attitude. That’s the exciting part.”

Captaincy is nothing new to Chapa. In fact, he has been a captain of the team since his sophomore season, but he knows that this year it will come with a different role.

“I’ve been a captain for three years now, but when I was a captain as a sophomore it was tough to get some of the seniors to follow your lead,” he said. “Last year Luis [Flores] was the senior so it was more of his show, but this year it’s up to me to set the tone.”

Chapa understands that he has to lead this team by example and put in the work in order to get to another championship like they did in 2012.

Last season the Saints jumped out to a 6-0 start as defending RRAC champions before losing two games in a row and finishing off the season 11-3-1. In post-season the men’s soccer team failed to make it past the first round of the conference tournament.

“We’ve had team meetings and discussed the problems that caused us to fall short last season,” Chapa said. “Last year we came in and thought we would win it again, but we hit a plateau and didn’t better our game.”
For 2014 he doesn’t want to commit the same mistake.

“This is a completely different team, and winning conference is our first goal, but we have to take it step by step,” he said.

Chapa has enjoyed his career at OLLU and is looking forward to his last season as a part of the team.
“It’s been great,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of great things here.”

The OLLU men’s soccer team will kick off their 2014 season at home when they face Texas Lutheran University in a scrimmage Aug. 22.