Gator Club Sports Update: Soccer Clubs Win On and Off the Field
Since Spring 2020, UHD Sports & Fitness Club Sports teams are back in action both and off the field. The men’s and women’s soccer club teams are competing in a new conference for the first time ever, the Texas Collegiate Soccer League (TCSL).
This new conference features the top collegiate club soccer teams in Texas, but battling through adversity and facing a tough challenge is something both club teams take pride in.
In their season opening matchup last weekend on Sept. 11, the men’s soccer club team came away with a hard fought 2-1 victory at home versus the Sea Aggies from Texas A&M University at Galveston. UHD’s Tommy De Leon and Jonathan Cervantes scored first half goals to give the Gators a 2-0 lead at halftime. However, Texas A&M-Galveston responded in the second half with a penalty kick to make it close, but UHD closed the game for a 2-1 win. In his second full season as club head coach, UHD alumni and former men’s soccer club player, Thompson Antwi, began working with his team in July preparing for this moment. Coach Thompson and soccer club President Jorge Mendoza and Vice President Christian Castellon, had the team ready for their first game and look forward to a strong season in the TCSL. The next game for the men’s soccer club team is Saturday, Sept. 18, 3 p.m. when UHD takes on the Rice University Owls at the Rice Intramural Rec Fields.
The women’s soccer club team was off last weekend; however, they still succeeded as a group by volunteering and participating in the 2021 GatorServe at 9/11 Day of Remembrance. Every member of the team joined their fellow Gators at Finnigan Park Community Center in giving back to the community. After a season opening loss at Texas A&M on Sept. 5, the women’s team continues their season in the TCSL with their home opener against Rice University on Saturday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. at Bayland Park #L-2 (6400 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77074).
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.