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Women’s soccer defeats Texas College 9-0

The women’s soccer team shut out Texas College (TC) 9-0 in a Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) matchup Sept. 21.

Head Coach Victoria Vazquez commented, “We had a great offensive performance that took a while to come to fruition. However, I am proud of the patience we showed. Overall, it was a collaborative effort, and we will prepare for our next match.

The Saints are 15-0 against the Steers. Last season, the Saints defeated TC 14-0. The Saints have allowed just one goal against the team – in 2009, when they won 6-1. All other games have been shutouts.

The Saints took the first shot against the Steers after 25 seconds into the match. Vivianna Gutierrez‘s kick went wide left, and Lyndee Rheinberger followed 28 seconds later with a shot that went wide left. Allison Kostoch had the game’s first shot on goal just before the two-minute mark. The Saints proceeded to take four more shots on goal and six shots before Ijayla Criswell found the net for the Saints’ first goal. Katelyn Brandao assisted on the point.

The Saints continued to dominate with three more shots, four on goal before the women scored their second goal at the 35th minute. Sara Garza gave the Saints the 2-0 lead with the unassisted goal.

Two more shots, one on goal, preceded the Saints’ third goal at the 40th minute. Ez Valles found the back of the net to give the Saints the 3-0 lead. Just three minutes later, the Saints scored their fourth goal. Garza had her second goal of the game on an assist from Emerson Weiler. A fifth goal ended the first half. Garza logged her first collegiate hat trick when she scored off an assist from Valles.

The Saints marked seven shots and seven on goal before Rheinberger scored the team’s six goal off an assist from Samantha Benne at the 64th minute. Twenty-nine seconds later, Leah Tapia found the net on an assist from Weiler. Four shots, two on goal, preceded the team’s eighth goal from Dusty Van Huss, on an assist from Brandao. Three shots came before Lilliana Martinez scored OLLU’s ninth and final goal of the game on an assist from Bethany Garr.

Scoring overview
28′ – OLLU – Ijayla Criswell, assisted by Katelyn Brandao

35′ – OLLU – Sara Garza

40′ – OLLU – Ez Valles

43′ – OLLU – Sara Garza, assisted by Emerson Weiler

44′ – OLLU – Sara Garza, assisted by Ez Valles

64′ – OLLU – Lyndee Rheinberger, assisted by Samantha Benne

65′ – OLLU – Leah Tapia, assisted by Emerson Weiler

77′ – OLLU – Dusty Van Huss, assisted by Katelyn Brandao

87′ – OLLU – Lilliana Martinez, assisted by Bethany Garr

Inside the box score
The Saints recorded 30 shots in the first half and 28 shots in the second half, with a total of 33 on goal. The Steers had no shots in the game.

OLLU recorded 10 corner kicks and the Steers had none.

Tess Pitcher played the first half to earn the win; Elizabeth Gregurek substituted in to play the second half – none recorded any saves. Dallanna Rodriguez for Texas College recorded 24 saves.

Up next
The Saints host the University of the Southwest on Thursday at 1 p.m. on the OLLU Soccer Field.

Offense Lifts Women’s Soccer to 5-0 Victory Over WBU

The OLLU women’s soccer team defeated Wayland Baptist University (WBU) 5-0 on Saturday for the first win of the 2023 season. The Saints improve to 1-1 while the Pioneers fall to 1-1-2.


The Saints were 5-1 against the Pioneers prior to the match.


The Saints’ offense shined in a 5-0 victory over WBU on Saturday in the home opener. The Saints scored twice in the first half and three times in the second frame. OLLU had an impressive 24 shots with 18 on goal. Tess Pitcher played all 90 minutes in net and made five saves to earn the win.

Scoring overview

23′ – OLLU – Ez Valles

32′ – OLLU – Sara Garza (assisted by Leah Tapia)

50′ – OLLU – Katelyn Brandao

67′ – OLLU – Emerson Weiler

73′ – OLLU – Lyndee Rheinberger

Women’s soccer surges into 16th season with new leadership

The OLLU women’s soccer team embarks on its 16th season this fall with an opening match at home today against NCAA D3 Texas Lutheran University. The squad will vie for its seventh Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) regular-season title and sixth postseason championship.

Coaching staff
The Saints are led by former player and first-time Head Coach Victoria Vazquez, who joined the staff this summer. Assistant Coach Max Cruz returns for his second season.

Vazquez played for OLLU from 2010-2013 and was part of the team that won the university’s first-ever RRAC regular season and tournament titles in 2013. She was an All-Conference recipient and received numerous offensive and defensive players of the week awards, as well as many academic achievement honors.

Preseason rankings
The Saints went 8-4-7 overall and 5-1-5 in conference play last year for a third-place finish. Texarkana won the RRAC championship last year and is picked to repeat this season.

The Saints are picked to finish in second place, followed by the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) in third, LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) in fourth, Louisiana Christian University (LCU) in fifth, Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMUSA) in sixth, the University of the Southwest (USW) in seventh, LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) in eighth, Huston-Tillotson University (HTU) in ninth, Jarvis Christian University (JCU) in 10th, Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) in 11th, Paul Quinn College (PQC) in 12th,  North American University (NAU) in 13th and Texas College (TC) in 14th. XULA and NAU will compete in RRAC soccer for the first time this season.

Schedule overview (Numbers after school indicate all-time records.)
The non-conference schedule begins with a home game today against NCAA D3 Texas Lutheran University (7-2) and a competition at NCAA D2 Texas A&M International University (2-0) on Saturday. Both contests will be scrimmages before the Saints open regular season play at Oklahoma City University (4-3-1) on Sept. 2. The remaining non-conference matches are against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (1-3-2) on the road on Sept. 4 and at home versus Wayland Baptist University (5-1) on Sept. 9.

Conference opponents LSUS (7-3-3) and TAMUT (5-2-1) arrive in San Antonio for the first conference matches on Sept. 14 and Sept. 16. OLLU heads north to battle TC (14-0) on Sept. 21 and JCU (8-0-1) on Sept. 23. They return home to face USW (17-5) on Sept. 28 and PQC (8-0) on Sept. 30.

The October schedule starts with a crosstown rivalry against TAMUSA (1-0-1) on the road on Oct. 7. The Saints host XULA on Oct. 12 and NAU on Oct. 14. The squad heads to Louisiana to face LSUA (9-1-1) on Oct. 19 and LCU (2-2) on Oct. 21. The last home match before the postseason tournament is against UHV (14-1-2) on Oct. 26. The Saints wrap up the regular season by battling HTU (12-3) in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 28. Vazquez said, “This conference is extremely challenging and every team has to show up and fight and not take anything for granted.”

Senior class
The Saints will be led by 10 experienced seniors this season. Samantha Benne, Ijayla Criswell, Rachel Dziuba, Madison Herrera, Samantha Nava, Olivia Olivarez, Tess Pitcher, Jaylin Seto, Kyleigh Spree-Kolos, Deanna Tarango and Ez Valles highlight the class. Spree-Kolos holds the Saints record with nine shots on goal in a single game against Howard Payne University in 2021. Dziuba, Herrera, Spree-Kolos and Tarango were named RRAC All-Conference last year. Valles ranks second among all Saints with four goals in a match against JCU in 2021.   

The Saints will return seven juniors in addition to the large senior class. The group consists of Katelyn Brandao, Cassandra Jimenez, Sara Nishiyama, Haven Ortiz, Lyndee Rheinberger, Samantha Valadez and Dusty Van Huss. Brandao, Jimenez and Nishiyama are all transfer athletes. Brandao joins the team from California, while Jimenez and Nishiyama are Texas natives.

The sophomore class features nine players, including Bethany Garr, Sara Garza, Vivianna Gutierrez, Lilliana Martinez, Kaitlyn Olivas, Gabrielle Pace, Savanna Serna, London Suarez and Emerson Weiler. Olivas shined in her first season with a team-leading 10 goals and was named to the RRAC All-Freshman Team.

There will be eight new faces on the Saints roster. Sofia Davila, Elizabeth Gregurek, Allison Kostoch, Tara Madrid, Odet Mota, Mia Saenz, Anisia Serrano and Leah Tapia will provide added depth for OLLU. Vazquez commented, “We have an exciting class coming in and I’d like to thank Max Cruz for the recruiting he’s done.”

Live-streaming and fan experience
The Saints home matches will be live streamed at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/ollusaints/. Fans can expect a great atmosphere with a video scoreboard that will feature player introductions, goal scoring celebrations and more.

Women’s soccer releases 2023 schedule

The women’s soccer team has released the 2023 fall schedule for its 16th season in the NAIA.

The Saints compete in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) along with Huston-Tillotson University (HTU), Jarvis Christian University (JCU), Louisiana Christian University (LCU), LSU-Alexandria (LSUA), LSU-Shreveport (LSUS), Paul Quinn College, Texas A&M University – San Antonio (AM-SA), Texas A&M University – Texarkana (TAMUT), Texas College (TC), the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) and the University of the Southwest (USW). The conference adds two new members – North American University (NAU) out of Houston and Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA).

Interim Head Coach Max Cruz commented, “We are excited and looking forward to this upcoming season. With the solid structure and team that we have coming back, along with the incoming Saints, our expectations and goals are high. We are confident that with the correct preparation and coaching, this team will continue being successful on and off the field.”

The Saints finished their 2022 campaign with a 8-4-7 overall record and 5-1-5 in conference. As the No. 3 seed in the postseason, the Saints defeated LCU 2-0 in the opening round, but fell to TAMUT 1-5 in the semifinals to end their season.

Preseason schedule

The Saints begin their preseason at home with a scrimmage against NCAA D3 Texas Lutheran University on Aug. 21, and a scrimmage in Laredo against NCAA D2 Texas A&M International on Aug. 26. Their official season begins on Sept. 2 in Chickasha, Okla., against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (vs. – 1-3-2). The team moves to Oklahoma City for a nonconference matchup against Oklahoma City University (vs. – 4-3-1) on Sept. 4.

The Saints continue their nonconference schedule on Sept. 9 against Wayland Baptist University (vs. – 5-1) at home.

Conference lineup

On Sept. 14, the women begin their conference schedule with a home match against LSUS (vs. – 7-2-3/Overall 9-5-3/RRAC 4-5-2/8th Place), and TAMUT (vs. – 6-2-1/Overall 17-2-1/RRAC 10-0-1/1st Place) visits OLLU on Sept. 14 for a match.

The team hits the road the following week on Sept. 21 for a match against TC (vs. – 14-0/Overall 0-12/RRAC 0-10/12th Place) in Tyler. The Saints travel to Hawkins, Texas, next for a match against JCC (vs. – 8-0-1/Overall 5-11-1/RRAC 2-8-1)/10th Place) on Sept. 23. USW (vs. – 20-4/Overall 7-6-2/RRAC 5-4-2/7th Place) comes to OLLU on Sept. 28, and PQC (vs. – 8-0/Overall 6-10-1/RRAC 2-10/11th Place) will be in San Antonio on Sept. 30.

The Saints will travel south for a match against AM-SA (vs. – 1-0-1/Overall 9-4-3/RRAC 6-3-2/5th Place) on Oct. 7, and on Oct. 12, OLLU will host XULA. The Saints will play NAU on Oct. 14.

LSUA (vs. – 9-1-1/Overall 10-6-1/RRAC 6-3-1/4th Place) hosts OLLU on Oct. 19, and LCU (vs. – 2-2/Overall 8-5-2/RRAC 6-3-2/6th Place) will host the Saints on Oct. 21. The Saints will travel to Victoria for a matchup against UHV (vs. – 13-1-2/Overall 10-3-5/RRAC 7-1-3/2nd Place) on Oct. 26, and the women will play their last regular-season game on Oct. 28 in Austin, Texas, against HTU (vs. – 12-3/Overall 4-8-2/RRAC 3-7-1/9th Place).

RRAC tournament

The conference will get set for the 2023 postseason beginning Nov. 3 at campus sites for the opening round and Nov. 10 for the final rounds in Texarkana, Texas. The Eagles won the regular season and postseason titles in 2022. They fell in the opening round of nationals to Tennessee Southern University to end their season.

NAIA tournament

The First and Second Round of the NAIA National Championship will take place Nov. 16-18 at campus sites. The 40th Annual Women’s Soccer National Championship will take place Nov. 27-Dec. 4 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.

Plans for home matches

The Saints will broadcast home matches on the OLLU Saints Network, and will feature live-stats. Links will be available on the women’s soccer schedule page. 

General admission charge for all home matches is $10; free admission is available for OLLU faculty, staff and students.

Five Saints selected to Women’s Soccer 2022 Red River Athletic Conference All-Conference Team

The Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) announced the 2022 RRAC Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team. Postseason award winners were voted by the conference’s head coaches.

Named to the All-Conference First Team is Deanna Tarango. She was part of the First-Team in 2020.

Madison Herrera has been named to the Second Team. In 2019, she received Honorable Mention honors and in 2020 and 2021, she was named to the First Team.

Receiving Honorable Mention are Kyleigh Spree-Kolos and Rachel Dziuba. Spree-Kolos was part of the Second-Team in 2020 and the Honorable-Mention Team last year. Dziuba is also the team’s Champions of Character selectee.

Kaitlyn Olivas is selected to the All-Freshman Team.

Women’s soccer advances to RRAC semifinals after defeating Louisiana Christian

Fueled by two goals from Kaitlyn Olivas and an outstanding defensive performance, the women’s soccer team will advance to the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championships Semifinals match. The Saints outmatched the Wildcats of Louisiana Christian University (LCU) to win 2-0 in the quarterfinals this afternoon.

The Saints – the No. 4 seed – will now face the No. 1 seed Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Texarkana, Texas. The winner of the semifinals match will play winner of the other semifinals match between No. 2 University of Houston-Victoria or No. 3 LSU-Alexandria on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.

The Saints are now 8-3-7, while LCU ends its season at 8-5-2.

The Saints had previously lost two matches to the Wildcats. Last season, they lost in the regular season 2-0 and in the postseason 2-0.

The Saints wasted little time getting on the board. After a corner kick from Ez Calles, Kaitlyn Olivas scored to put the team ahead 1-0 at the 10th minute.

The game stayed at 1-0 through the second half when Olivas found the net on an assist from Deanna Tarango at the 57th minute.

The rest of the match was a defensive battle that kept either team from scoring.

Inside the box score
Irania Acosta and Olivas led the Saints offense with two shots each, with Olivas adding two shots on goal. Riley Perez, Lyndee Rheinberger, Tarrango and Bethany Garr each had one shot.

Three Wildcats added one shot each, with Kaura Magleau recording on shot on goal.

Overall the Saints marked eight shots, five on goal, while LCU had three shots, one on goal.

OLLU had six corner kicks while the Wildcats had none.

Tess Pitcher had one save and earned the win for the Saints.

Women’s soccer and Jarvis end in a scoreless tie

The women’s soccer team and Jarvis Christian University were scoreless in a Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) matchup on Saturday. The Saints move to 6-3-5 and 4-1-3 in conference, while the Bulldogs move to 5-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in conference.

The Saints are one and a half games behind league-leader Texas A&M University – Texarkana and in third place. Jarvis is in ninth place, four games behind the leader.

The Saints are 8-0-1 against the Bulldogs.

The Saints took eight shots in the first half, three on goal, and allowed just one by the Bulldogs, but they could not get the ball into the net.

The second half featured more chances for the Saints as they added 12 shots on goal for a total of 14. OLLU allowed no shots for Jarvis.

Inside the box score
Kyleigh Spree-Kolos led the Saints with six shots, three on goal. Kaitlyn Olivas added five shots, all on goal. The only shot from Jarvis was from Mitzy Guereca.

Overall, the Saints totaled 22 shots, 15 on goal.

OLLU recorded four corner kicks.

Tess Pitcher earned the win for the Saints.

What’s next
The Saints travel to Victoria, Texas, for a conference match against the University of Houston-Victoria on Oct. 20.

Women’s soccer strong offense downs LCU 3-1

The women’s soccer team used a strong second half to defeat Louisiana Christian University (LCU) 3-1 on Saturday. The Saints improve to 4-2-4 overall and 2-0-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Wildcats drop to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in conference.

The Saints were 0-2 against the Wildcats prior to the match.

The Saints outshot the Wildcats in the first half but ended up allowing a goal at the 22nd minute. Aubrey Joslin tallied a goal to help give LCU the advantage. The Saints forced the Wildcats to make five saves in the first frame. OLLU came out strong in the second half following a 1-0 halftime deficit. They put pressure on the Wildcats for most of the half and were rewarded. Riley Perez scored with an assist from Irania Acosta in the 77th minute to tie the match. Kaitlyn Olivas sent a ball over the goalkeeper’s head less than one minute later to give the Saints the upper hand. Olivas tallied another goal just five minutes later with a feed from Madison Herrera. The Saints won 3-1 to remain undefeated in conference play. Tess Pitcher totaled four saves in net for the Saints.

Scoring overview
22′ – LCU – Aubrey Joslin

77′ – OLLU – Riley Perez (assisted by Irania Acosta)

78′ – OLLU – Kaitlyn Olivas

84′ – OLLU – Kaitlyn Olivas (assisted by Madison Herrera)

Inside the box score
Olivas led the Saints with four shots on goal. Laura Magleau and Lindsey Jacobs had two shots on goal each for the Wildcats.

Overall, the Saints tallied 12 shots, with 11 on goal. LCU marked eight shots with five on goal.

OLLU recorded three corner kicks and the Wildcats took two.

What’s next
The Saints head west to face University of the Southwest on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Central Time.

Women’s soccer ends in tie versus TAMUT

The women’s soccer team tied against Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) 1-1 on Sept. 24. The Saints move to 2-2-4 overall and 0-0-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Eagles are now 6-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in conference.

Head Coach Arthur Salazar commented, “This was a hard-fought game against a dynamic attacking group. I was pleased with their effort, but we still have a lot to do in the attacking third.”

The Saints were 6-1 against the Eagles prior to the match.

The Saints finished in a tie for the third match in a row. The first half was scoreless but there was plenty of offensive pressure. The Saints took seven shots while the Eagles totaled 10. Tess Pitcher made seven saves for OLLU in the first frame.

Chayce Walker put the Eagles ahead in the 63rd minute with an assist from Aubrey Oller. The Saints wasted no time to even the match with a goal from Kyleigh Spree-Kolos just four minutes later. Her fifth goal of the season was assisted by Ez Valles. Both teams had multiple chances toward the end of the contest but couldn’t convert.

Scoring overview
63′ – TAMUT – Chayce Walker (assisted by Aubrey Oller)

67′ – OLLU – Kyleigh Spree-Kolos (assisted by Ez Valles)

Inside the box score

Spree-Kolos led the Saints with three shots on goal. Alyssa Daily had four shots on goal for the Eagles.

Overall, the Saints tallied 10 shots, with eight on goal. Texarkana marked 19 shots with 10 on goal.

OLLU recorded one corner kick and the Eagles took seven.

What’s next
The Saints return home to play LSU-Alexandria on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.

Women’s soccer late surge leads to draw against OCU

The women’s soccer team ended in a 2-2 tie against the Oklahoma City University (OCU) Stars on Saturday. The Saints move to 2-2-2 on the season while the Stars are now 4-1-1.

The Saints were 4-3 against the Stars prior to the match.

The Saints were outplayed in the first half against OCU. The Stars scored in the 10th and 29th minute to take a 2-0 lead to halftime. OLLU tallied four corner kicks and two shots in the first half. Both goals from the Stars came off deflections from Saints goalkeeper Samantha Valadez.

OLLU came out aggressive after halftime and their play improved. Kaitlyn Olivas scored with an assist from Irania Acosta to cut the Stars lead to only one goal. The Saints offense continue to pressure and was eventually awarded with the tying goal. Ambree Rheinberger scored from far out to continue her impressive season. The game ended in a 2-2 draw and Tess Pitcher made three saves in the second half after taking over for Valadez.

Scoring overview
10′ – OCU – Millie Templeman (assisted by Madi Caputo)

29′ – OCU – April Hill (assisted by Abby Russell)

47′ – OLLU – Kaitlyn Olivas (assisted by Irania Acosta)

82′ – OLLU – Ambree Rheinberger

Inside the box score
Rheinberger and Olivas both had two shots on goal for the Saints. The Stars were led by Millie Templeman and Madi Caputo with two shots on goal each.

Overall, the Saints tallied eight shots, with five on goal. Oklahoma City marked 10 shots with seven on goal.

OLLU recorded five corner kicks and the Stars took six.

What’s next
The Saints start Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. at LSU-Shreveport.

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