UHD Men's Soccer Club Wins Conference Title
For the sixth time in club team history and for the first time since 2016, the UHD Men's Soccer Club tem captured the Houston Club Sports Conference Champtionship.
The Gators were down 1-0 after Houston Community College (HCC) knocked in a goal in the seventh minute. UHD’s Alfredo Gutierrez tied up the match at 1-1 in the tenth minute on a goal in the upper left hand corner of the net pass the diving HCC goalkeeper. After a halftime tie of 1-1, the Gators were able to take the lead in the second half during at the sixty-two minute mark when UHD's Giovanni Sanchez knocked in a deflected kick from the HCC goal keeper. However, HCC would not go down without a fight after they tied the match at 2-2 in the seventy-second minute and forced penalty kicks to decide the conference championship.
HCC and UHD both exchanged goals in the first two penalty kicks, but then UHD goal keeper Ricardo Contreras stopped the second HCC attempt to give UHD the early advantage. HCC would then respond by stopping the fourth UHD attempt to tie the penalty kicks at 3-3. In HCC’s fifth attempt, Contreras stopped his second penalty kick to give UHD the advantage and the opportunity to win on their next score. UHD’s Itunu Daramola knocked in the fifth attempt for UHD to give the Gators a 4-3 victory in penalty kicks and capping off the club’s sixth conference championship.
This is the first conference championship victory under first-year head coach, UHD alum, and former men’s soccer club player Thompson Antwi. Antwi won a conference championship as a freshman player at UHD in 2011, and now as the head coach in 2019 finishing off an undefeated season at 6-0-0.
The Men’s Soccer Cub team has earned a berth to the 2019 NIRSA Regional Tournament Oct. 25-27 at The University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.