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) – 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 61,000 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 awarded UHD 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.