UHV women’s soccer ranked No. 25

The University of Houston-Victoria women’s soccer team is ranked No. 25 in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25. It’s the first time the program has been ever ranked in the coaches poll.

The University of Houston-Victoria women’s soccer team made school history Tuesday becoming the first UHV soccer team to be ranked in the Top 25.

After just missing the rankings by a single vote a week earlier, the Jaguars broke into the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 at No. 25 on Tuesday.

“It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers, but we have to stay focused on what is in front of us – the start of conference play,” said UHV head soccer coach Adrian Rigby. “This shows just how far our program has come in a short period of time.”

Following its 3-0 win over No. 24 Oklahoma City on Sunday, the Jaguars enter the top 25 with 94 points.

UHV (5-2-1) remains the top-ranked team in the Red River Athletic Conference in this week’s conference rankings. The Jaguars begin conference play on Thursday at Wiley College.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), with 17 first-place votes, remains at No. 1 with 528 points, while Mobile (Ala.) stays at No. 2 with 513 points. The rest of the top five also remained the same with Northwestern Ohio at No. 3, Keiser (Fla.) at No. 4 and Benedictine (Kan.) at No. 5.

The UHV men failed to receive votes in the NAIA Men’s Soccer coaches Poll, but moved up to the No. 2 spot in the conference rankings behind the University of the Southwest (N.M.).

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Paul Ebner