SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M University-San Antonio soccer teams are all smiles this year.
The Jaguars will finally get to play a full collegiate regular season after a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The women’s team is all set to kick off the first season in program history, something made even sweeter after spending the entirety of 2020 training together.
“It’s a great opportunity, and I’m very excited,” midfielder Yasmine Cuadra said. “Because it’s a new program, we’re able to begin legacies and begin a whole tradition.”
The men’s squad is ready to go as well. Head coach Kyle Beard has recruited a lot of talent from the Alamo City, the Rio Grande Valley and Houston, so the depth of South Texas’ local talent will be on full display.
“It’s good that he’s getting local kids,” forward Jaden Pharris explained. “San Antonio FC’s doing well, this is starting up... It’s good to see the sport getting recognition.”
Both Jaguars soccer teams compete in the Red River Athletic Conference at the NAIA level. They will open the season on Saturday Aug. 21 on the road against Texas Wesleyan.