OLLU men’s soccer hopes the 2016 season will be a successful one as the University celebrates its 10th anniversary as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Head Coach Shane Hurley, the first coach hired by the University, looks forward to the 10th season. “I think it’s an exciting time for the University. We had humble beginnings and a shoestring budget. But we had a very good [inaugural] recruiting class, and going forward, we have been able to sustain our ability to recruit good students on the field and in the classroom.”
The men will begin their season on Wednesday with a scrimmage at San Jacinto College in Houston. Read full story online.
The men’s soccer team lost to Wayland Baptist University (WBU) 4-1 on Sept. 6. The Saints lost to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Sept. 5. OLLU took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute when sophomore Nickolas Tyrpak found a loose ball in front of goal and put it in the back of the net. The Saints were unable to hold on to the lead and WBU found an equalizer in the 32nd minute from the penalty spot. The game remained at 1-1 until the 67th minute when WBU’s Juan Sanchez made it 2-1. The Pioneers added two more goals in the 77th and 90th minute for the final score of 4-1. The Saints will now travel to Prescott, Arizona to take on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Sept. 12. Read full article online.
The men’s soccer team drew 1-1 at home with Oklahoma City University (OCU) after two over time periods. Junior Elias Cortes scored the one goal on Sunday after his shot found the back of the net after a pass from junior Sebastian Luehr. On Saturday, the Saints lost 1-3 in the team’s home opener against the University of Houston Victoria. Scoring the goal for the Saints was junior Jorge Cantu. The Saints will now have a long stretch of away games starting Sept. 5, against the No. 17 ranked University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The 2014 men’s soccer recruiting class includes some dynamic personnel changes according to Head Coach Shane Hurley. For 2014 Hurley has recruited four international players he hopes will strengthen the roster significantly. The four new players are junior midfielder Sebastian Luehr from Flensburg, Germany; junior forward Max O’Shea from St. Albans, England; freshman defender Elias Tamburini from Helsinki, Finland; and freshman goalkeeper Akseli Eklund from Joensuu, Finland. Go online for full story.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball student-athletes that have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. OLLU student-athletes Martin Hansson, Emily Backus, Alyssa Mora, Victoria Vazquez and Bryttany Willoughby are among the honorees.
Hansson, a senior on the men’s soccer team is receiving this award for the first time. Last year, he received the Champions of Character award, as well as conference scholar athlete honors. Read more online.
OLLU women’s soccer seniors Backus, Mora and Vazquez all three received the award last year. In addition, Backus has received the CoSIDA-Captial One Academic All-District Award, and all have been named conference scholar athletes in each of their years at OLLU. Read more online.
Willoughby, a junior on the volleyball team, is also receiving this award for the first time. In her previous two years at OLLU, she has received conference scholar athlete honors, as well as the CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All- District Award. Read more online.
In order to be nominated as a Scholar Athlete by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
The men’s team prepares to take the field.
The men’s soccer team finished the regular season in third place after beating Huston-Tillotson University 5-2. The Saints (4-2-1/11-3-1) will host No. 6-seed University of the Southwest (3-4/4-9) on Friday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. No. 4-seed Huston-Tillotson (4-3/5-8-2) will host No. 5-seed Wiley College (3-2-2/7-4-3) on Friday, as well. The winners of those two games will advance to the semifinals on Nov. 8 and will face either No. 1-seed University of St. Thomas (6-1/11-3-2) or No. 2-seed University of Texas at Brownsville (5-1-1/12-2-2). The winners of the semifinals will play the championship match on Saturday, Nov. 9. These games will take place at the Houston Amateur Sports Park in Houston. Read more online.
Marcelo Chapa helped keep the Brownsville team scoreless.
The men’s soccer team controlled the No. 6 team in the NAIA — University of Texas at Brownsville for most of the competition and delivered the Ocelots their first loss in the Red River Athletic Conference. The 2-0 win moves the Saints to 3-1 in the conference and 10-2 overall, and the Ocelots drop to 3-1 and 10-2 overall. The two teams, along with the University of St. Thomas (2-0/6-2-2), are tied for second place and one game behind league leader Huston-Tillotson University (4-0/5-4-2). Graduate Assistant Coach Gary Hamilton said, “The team got the job done. It’s always good getting a win against Brownsville because they are our biggest rival and they always have quality teams.” Read more online.
Giovanni Sierra scored a goal for the Saints.
The men’s soccer team won one and lost one on the road this past weekend. On Friday, the Saints triumphed over former Red River Athletic Conference member Southwestern Assemblies of God University 3-1. On Saturday, OLLU suffered its first loss of the season to Oklahoma City University by the score of 5-2. The Saints are now 6-1 overall, while SAGU drops to 3-4 and OCU improves to 3-3. Both SAGU and OCU are members of the Sooner Athletic Conference in the NAIA. Read more online.