Men’s Soccer Victorious in Season Opener 


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley men’s soccer team opened its season with a 3-1 victory over the Bryant University Bulldogs on Thursday at the UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex.  UTRGV Image
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley men’s soccer team opened its season with a 3-1 victory over the Bryant University Bulldogs on Thursday at the UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex.  UTRGV Image

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley men’s soccer team opened its season with a 3-1 victory over the Bryant University Bulldogs on Thursday at the UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex.  

Freshman defender Rasmus Steuch, junior forward Juan Rivera and senior defender Jan Engels scored goals for the Vaqueros (1-0-0). Junior forward Jason Robles tallied two assists. Freshman goalkeeper Simon Madsen made one save on three shots faced. The Bulldogs’ (0-1-0) lone goal was scored by Adam Kozubal. 

It was a physical contest that saw plenty of bodies on the ground from the opening whistle, with the teams combining to commit 11 fouls in the first half and 18 overall. UTRGV was issued two yellow cards and the Bulldogs received one.  

The Vaqueros dominated possession throughout the contest. They outshot Bryant 8-1 and 4-0 with shots on goal in the first half, then added another eight shots in the second half while the Bulldogs only took three shots, with two on goal, during the whole game.  

Steuch snagged the first goal of the UTRGV season in the 20th minute. Robles chased down a crossing pass that didn’t connect in the right corner of the pitch, then set up Steuch. The freshman from Denmark beat a defender and roped his first Vaqueros goal off his left foot past the diving keeper for the 1-0 advantage. 

Bryant created some chances, but UTRGV’s defense was always up to the task. Junior defender Tristan Singh and junior La Joya High alum Isaac Ochoa were two big contributors to the defensive showcase. 

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Robles, Steuch, graduate student midfielder Yusuf Cueceoglu and sophomore defender Anthony Patti helped the Vaqueros monopolize ball control. 

Robles picked up his second assist as he and junior midfielder Raul Carrillo combined to set up a goal by RiveraIn the 79thminute, Robles dumped a soft pass to the crashing Rivera, and Rivera beat the goalkeeper straight-up with a laser kick off his left foot to the heart of the net to make it 2-0. 

The Bulldogs trimmed their deficit to 2-1 in the 87th minute after a slew of Bryant substitutions off the foot of Kozubal. 

Moments later, Engels launched a penalty kick to the left while Bryant’s keeper dove right to extend the lead to 3-1 with one minute remaining on the clock. 

The Vaqueros will face Oral Roberts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex. 



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