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COVID-19 impacts soccer teams home debuts

COVID-19 impacts soccer teams home debuts - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

FILE PHOTO: Women's soccer players doing warm-up laps around the soccer field behind Modular C March 22, 2021 at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Photo by Bella Lopez

Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s soccer teams’ home debut has been postponed until further notice because of COVID-19 protocols.

Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams were scheduled to host Arlington Baptist University on Aug. 24 and 25 for their home season opener. 

Darnell Smith, director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports for A&M-San Antonio, emailed The Mesquite on Sept. 7, about the situation.

Unfortunately, a member of the program was impacted by COVID-19, Smith said in the email. Out of an abundance of caution and focusing on the health and safety of all involved, the decision was made to cancel the soccer games.”

The Jag’s inaugural season has been stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic, having only played in one out of eight games total. A&M-San Antonio’s first soccer game was on the road against Texas Wesleyan University with Texas Wesleyan winning 5-2. 

The women’s team put forth a valiant effort, scoring twice against an experienced opposing team. 

Jessica Castro, field player and biology sophomore, scored the first goal in A&M-San Antonio history during the 2nd period of play. 

Krystal Goytia, field player and educational psychology sophomore, scored the final goal of the game assisted by freshman field player Rheanna Lopez.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams will return to action Sunday, Sept. 12 in Abilene to face McMurry University in the next doubleheader.

The women’s match will kick off at 1 p.m., and the men’s match will follow around 3:15 p.m. for their program debut.

For more information and news about A&M-San Antonio’s Men’s and Women’s soccer teams, visit or follow their Instagram @tamusa_menssoccer and @tamusawomenssoccer. Follow the teams’ coverage on all other media sources @tamusasports.

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Aaron Reff
Aaron Reff received an associate degree in Radio, Television, & Broadcasting at San Antonio College for the potential chance to work in broadcasting, primarily sports related. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in communications at Texas A&M University-San Antonio to begin a career as a sports analyst. Beginning with an entry-level position or internship with a company or television station, he plans on getting a start in the industry at an early age. Ultimately, he would like to become a sports writer, columnist, analyst and/or copywriter. If he has a change of heart, he would like to be a cameraman.

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