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Men’s soccer picked fourth in conference preseason poll

After finishing the 2021 campaign in second place, the men’s soccer team will enter this season picked to finish fourth in the Red River Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The three-time defending champion University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) was the unanimous selection to win again after collecting all 12 first-place votes to reach the top spot in the poll again this year.

In 2021, OLLU went 8-5-3 overall and 7-1-3 in the RRAC. The Saints follow the second pick LSU-Shreveport and third pick LSU-Alexandria. After OLLU are the University of the Southwest – picked fifth, Huston-Tillotson University and Louisiana Christian University – tied for sixth and Jarvis Christian University and Texas A&M University-Texarkana – tied for eighth. 

Paul Quinn College, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Texas College rounded out the list.

Men’s soccer awarded 11 All-Conference team honors

The Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) announced the 2021 Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team and Players of the Year.

Norberto Lira (SR/Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) was awarded First Team honors. The senior had five goals during the regular season for the Saints with two assists. He also tallied 15 shots on goal.

Juan Martin Chica (SR/Cali, Colombia), Said Salas (FR/El Paso, Texas), Javier Pena (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Patrick Pye (SR/Norwich, England) and Joseph Baker (JR/Llantwit Major, Wales, U.K.) made the Second Team. Chica led the team with seven goals. Salas tallied three goals, Pena recorded nine shots, Pye was an integral part of the defense, and Baker made 46 saves with two shutouts. Salas also made the All-Freshman Team.

Newcomer Michael Huff (SO/San Antonio, Texas) and defender Connor Bagley (JR/Norwich, Norfolk, U.K.) were presented with honorable mentions. Huff had one goal and Bagley worked with Pye to deliver lockdown defense. Carlos Beltran (SR/San Antonio, Texas) was named a Champion of Character and had one goal with one assist.


OLLU men’s soccer program returns to normalcy for its 15th season this fall after a delayed 2020 season that was pushed to spring of 2021. The Saints take on Texas Lutheran University (3-1-2) today at 4 p.m. on the OLLU Soccer Field.

Head Coach Arthur Salazar is entering his first year of managing both the men’s team, while also head coaching the women’s program for his ninth season.

Beginning the season
OLLU will face off with Schreiner University (4-1) in Kerrville, Texas, on Sept. 1 for the first regular-season match. They continue the road trip by traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss., to play No. 13-ranked William Carey University (0-1) on Sept. 10 and No. 18-ranked the University of Mobile in Mobile, Ala., the following day.

Prior to Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) competition starting, the Saints visit nearby rivals NCAA D2 St. Mary’s University (1-4) on Sept. 16. (Numbers after school indicate all-time records).

Conference opponents
OLLU, picked fourth in the preseason conference poll, starts RRAC play at home on Sept. 23 against one of the tougher teams in the conference, LSU-Shreveport (5-4), which has been selected to finish second in the poll. Texas A&M University-Texarkana (7-0), picked sixth, travels to San Antonio two days later to face the Saints. The first road trip starts on Sept. 30 with a match against LSU-Alexandria (2-5-3), picked third, and RRAC newcomer Louisiana College, picked tied for eighth, on Oct. 2.

The Saints return home to battle the University of the Southwest (11-5), picked fifth, on Oct. 7 and Paul Quinn College (3-1), picked 12th, on Oct. 9. The squad travels to Tyler, Texas, to face Texas College (9-2-1), picked tied for 10th, on Oct. 14 and Jarvis Christian College (7-0), picked tied for 10th, in Hawkins, Texas, on Oct. 16. The last three matches of the season include a home match against the University of Houston-Victoria (7-7-2), picked first, on Oct. 21, a road test versus Huston-Tillotson University (8-8-1), picked seventh, on Oct. 23 and the season finale at home for the first-ever match against Texas A&M University-San Antonio, picked tied for eighth, on Oct 30.

Read more on the Saints website.

Soccer’s Brinkley and Pye named to Academic All-America NAIA Soccer Team

OLLU soccer student-athletes Dawson Brinkley and Patrick Pye have been selected to the Academic All-America® NAIA Soccer teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brinkley was named to the first team, while Pye made the second team.

The NAIA Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NAIA national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2020-2021 NAIA Academic All-America® teams program. 

Brinkley, a junior forward from San Antonio, played in all 12 of OLLU women’s soccer games this past spring. She had one goal while taking 12 shots, eight on goal. Brinkley is second all-time in goals with 33 (38 is the record). In 2018, Brinkley broke the season record for most goals with 21, she was second in shots on goal with 41 (46 is the record), and she had the most shots in a season with 77. She also holds the record for most game-winning goals with eight.

Brinkley has accumulated a wide variety of individual awards, as well, including NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (2018), two All-Conference First Team awards (2018/2019), three conference Offensive Player of the Week awards (2018/2019), and two All-Tournament awards (2018/2019). Brinkley was the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in 2018. In addition, she has earned conference Scholar-Athlete awards in all three of her years at OLLU. She earned a cumulative 3.8 GPA. She will enter her senior year at OLLU this fall.

Pye, a junior transfer student from Norwich, Norfolk, U.K., started at OLLU in 2019. As a defender, he played eight of 10 games for the Saints this year and marked one goal, 10 shots and one shot on goal. He was selected to the conference’s All-Conference First Team this year, and last year, he made the Second Team. Pye earned conference Scholar-Athlete honors in both his years at OLLU, earning 4.0 GPAs. He will enter his senior year at OLLU this fall.

Since 1952, CoSIDA has presented these awards annually to student-athletes to recognize their outstanding academic and athletic achievements. The achievements of student-athletes in the classroom and on the playing fields and courts indicate their passion as true student-athletes.

CoSIDA member Patty Constantin, OLLU’s Sports Information Director, nominated several student-athletes. Two were selected from the women’s soccer team as recipients (Mikaela Gilbert) and one from the men’s soccer team. CoSIDA receives about 20,000 nominations throughout the academic year across all championship sports. From those nominations, approximately 5,000 student-athletes receive all-district recognition. First-team all-district selections advance to the national ballot. CoSIDA members vote, and 1,500 student-athletes receive Academic All-America honors.

Many women’s soccer student-athletes from OLLU have received this honor. They include 2011: Abby DuLaney; 2012: Emily Backus; 2012: Rebekah Valenta; 2013: Erika Thompson; 2014: Erika Thompson; 2014: Teegan Luckemeyer; 2015: Erika Thompson; 2015: Teegan Luckemeyer; 2016: Brooke Cousins; 2019: Dawson Brinkley. The following received Academic All-American honors: 2012: Rebekah Valenta; 2015: Erika Thompson; 2016: Brooke Cousins.

Men’s soccer student-athletes who have received All-District honors were 2011: Gary Hamilton; 2015: Jared Poling; 2018: Jorge Cavazos and Adrian Delgado. The following received Academic All-American honors: 2011: Gary Hamilton; 2018: Jorge Cavazos.

For more information on the Academic All-America® program, go to https://academicallamerica.com/

Men’s soccer welcomes San Antonio native Christopher Vivar

The men’s soccer team announced the signing of Christopher Vivar.  

The incoming freshman will join the team for the fall 2021 season. Vivar is a native of San Antonio and graduated from Madison High School. The 5’11” center back earned First Team All-District and Academic All-District honors during his high school career. He will be majoring in business management.

The men’s soccer team finished 5-4-1 and lost in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Tournament semifinals. Arthur Salazar enters his first season as men’s soccer head coach and will continue coaching the women’s soccer program for his ninth year.

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.

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