The Texas A&M University-San Antonio women’s soccer team, the Lady Jaguars, ended in a 0-0 draw against Our Lady of the Lake Saints Oct. 7 at a home game.
The men’s soccer team maintained a winning streak defeating Our Lady of the Lake Saints at home too: the Jags scored 1-0.
Jaguar women come out swinging
Fredy Sanguinetti, head coach of the women’s soccer team, said he was proud of the girls with the outcome against the Saints and praised the Jaguars on the offensive end and defensive end.
“We played really well. The ball didn’t go in but when you out shoot a team 19 to 5 it means a lot,” Sanguinetti said. “When you have a team like that and outplay them, it shows that a young program can compete with one of the top three programs in our conference.”
The gray and white showed an aggressive attack against OLLU by attempting 13 more shots than the Saints, who only took five shots. Sophomore forward Ana Barragan said she focused on the team’s effort to score.
“Individually we are strong players, and as a team we all communicate with each other and trust each other on the field,” Baragan said. “We passed the ball a lot and did what we could to get a goal.”
Sophomore forward Daniela Garcia praised her coaches and team for their execution on the field.
“The coaches give us a scouting report on who the key players are and have a mental picture on how they play,” Garcia said. “Coach Sang and the coaching staff do a really good job picking at players and tell us what their weaknesses are.”
Freshman midfielder Jasmin Dominguez said she embraces the team’s endurance and communication.
“As we went on, we grew stronger as a team: connecting passes and being able to work with each other,” Dominguez said.
The women’s soccer team conference record is 3-1-3.
Jaguar men push up steadily against OLLU Saints
Roberto Jaramillo, head coach of the men’s soccer team, said the Jags were hungry for a win against OLLU.
Good teams are supposed to withstand suffering on the field, Jaramillo said.
“We had a really good first half, and OLLU did really well in the second half. It became a much closer game in the second, and I‘m glad we handled the situation and handled business.”
Junior forward Frederick Kumassi scored the game-winning goal with a flying header assisted by Junior forward/midfielder Dante Valencia.
“It was a complete game creating a lot of good opportunities and one-on-ones. Their goalie had some incredible saves, but I’m glad that Freddy put it in at the end, and we looked for the win till the last second,” Jaramillo said. “We didn’t want to tie, so I’m glad that the boys got their rewards, because they were brave.”
The men’s soccer team conference record is 6-1.
“I felt great after the goal. We fight all the way to the end. It’s always good to help the team, and everybody did their job,” Kumassi said. “The goal is to win the conference (RRAC) and treat every game like a final.”