HAWKINS – Coming off wins at Texas College last weekend, the Jarvis Christian men’s and women’s soccer teams are back home Thursday for another conference matchup against Huston-Tillotson. The women will play at 1 p.m. with the men following at 3:30 p.m. at the Wendon L. Blair Soccer Field on campus.
Mitzy Guereca scored four goals Saturday as the Bulldogs rolled to an 8-0 win over Texas College to improve to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in conference action. JCU will meet Huston-Tillotson, who sits at the bottom of the conference at 1-5-2 overall and 0-4 in conference play. The Rams are coming off a 2-1 loss to LSU-Shreveport over the weekend.
Guereca continues to be a key asset for the Bulldogs this season. She leads the Red River Athletic Conference in goals scored (10), assists (5), and points (25). The junior midfielder from Fort Worth, Texas has earned eight starts this season.
Hariklia Sotelo, Gabriela Benavides, and Kayla Ochoa have also been some of the key players for the JCU offense this season. Sotelo has booted in five goals while playing in all nine games this season. Benavides has scored four goals to go along with one assist. Ochoa has scored three goals and has been credited for three assists on the season.
Andrea Mata, Emmalee Lopez, and Evelyn Lopez have each found the goal twice this season. Elvira Torres, Veronica Gutierrez, Brisa Ibarra, Angie Rivera, Magui Luna, and Leslie Guereca have all scored one goal as the Bulldogs have totaled 34 goals through nine games.
Hailey Rivera has earned eight starts at the goalkeeper position and ranks second in saves in the RRAC with 34. In the game at Texas College, Rivera was credited with two saves and a shutout.
Artura Gonzalez and Johan Arevalo each came through with one goal each for the Bulldogs last weekend as JCU took a 2-0 win against Texas College to improve to 4-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in RRAC action. Huston-Tillotson sits just behind JCU in the current RRAC standings with a 3-4 overall record and 1-3 conference record.
Arevalo is the JCU team leader in goals with five this season. He also ranks second in the RRAC in goals scored and is tied for second in the RRAC in points (12). The sophomore forward from Mission, Texas has two assists to go along with his five goals scored through six starts this season.
Kevin Ochoa and Kyang Dieu Merci are the only other Bulldogs that have scored more than one goal this season. Ochoa has booted in five goals and been charged with one assist. Dieu Merci has scored two goals and is credited with three assists, which is tied for the fifth most in the RRAC.
Julian Gomez, Juan Iracheta, Yuneum Rios, Juan Rodriguez, Benito Leon, Gerardo Martinez, Sergio Escareno, Arturo Gonzalez, and Ignacio Gutierrez have all scored one goal this season as the Bulldogs have found the goal 21 times.
Avramov Vladimir had a clean sheet at the goalie position in the game at Texas College as he managed the shutout. He has recorded 13 saves through seven starts this season.
“Coming off wins against Texas College, I am excited to see both teams come out and play with a lot of energy Thursday afternoon,” JCU Soccer Head Coach David Martinez said. “We are getting into the heart of conference action, so it is important that both teams can create some momentum and get on a roll as we get ready for some really tough competition over the next month.”