The University of Houston-Victoria men's soccer team almost let a sure victory slip away late but held on Thursday for a 3-2 win over the Paul Quinn Tigers in a non-conference match at The Cage.
The Jaguars, who squandered away numerous scoring opportunities in the contest, improved to 5-1 with their fourth straight win, while the Tigers fell to 3-2.
The Jaguars fired off 34 shots, including 17 on goal, (both school records), while limiting the Tigers to just seven shots, with five on goal.
After a number of misses off early chances, the Jaguars found paydirt in the 19th minute when Connagh Wilks (FR/Egham, England) converted a rebound off a missed corner kick for a goal and a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers tied the contest 20 minutes into the second half when Eduardo Herrera got a shot from Jose Vazquez past UHV goalkeeper Palemon Plancarte (JR/Houston, TX). It was the first goal Plancarte had allowed in four games.
The Jaguars continued to show their patience and put the pressure on the Tigers and it paid off with a pair of goals in a seven minute span.
Brody Patience (SO/Douglas, Isle of Man) off a pass from Sanad Jalajal (FR/Sugar Land, TX) put the Jaguars up 2-1 in the 82nd minute, and Jalajal set up what would be the game-winning goal with a pass to a sliding Adrian Mendoza (JR/Houston, TX) who slipped the ball past the Tigers goalkeeper in the 89th minute.
But the Tigers continued to fight as well and tallied the final goal with seconds left in the game as Jordan Hall converted on a pass from Roberto Gonzalez.
Reece Hannigan (SR/Sutton Surrey, England) paced the Jaguars with five shots, while Mendoza and Adrian Rodriguez (FR/McAllen, TX) each had four, and Espen Hansen (JR/Kristiansand, Norway), Patience and Samuel Ashen three each.
The Jaguars return to Red River Athletic Conference action on Saturday when they host the University of the Southwest in a 2:30 p.m. match at The Cage.
In other RRAC action on Thursday, Texas College edged LSU-Shreveport 2-1, Our Lady of the Lake blanked Wiley College 2-0, Huston-Tillotson downed Texas A&M-Texarkana 4-2 and LSU-Alexandria rolled by Jarvis Christian 15-0.