Lady Jaguar soccer in midst of productive preseason camp

From left, Rani Muellar (Thun, Switzerland) and Zahina Briones (Jasper, Texas) battle during a Jacksonville College inter squad scrimmage that was held during Monday's practice. The Lady Jaguars have been working out since Aug. 1 and will host Ranger Junior College at 5 p.m. Saturday in a scrimmage.

The Jacksonville College Lady Jaguar soccer team has been hard at work since Aug. 1 as the club continues to prepare for its season opener on Aug. 22.

The Lady Jags will travel to Tishomingo,Okla. on that day to battle Murray State (Okla.) College at 2 p.m.

JC head men's and women's soccer coach Martin Melchor, who prepped at Jacksonville High School and was a collegiate standout at Coastal Carolina University (NCAA, Division I), said early Monday morning that he was pleased with his team's progress.

“Everyone has been working hard and things have been going well,” Melchor said as he kept a keen eye on his team.

Two Jacksonville High graduates, freshmen Marina Villanueva and Citlalli Medellin, are on this year's team.

“The Jacksonville High School girls are doing well,” Melchor said with a smile.

Other Lady Jags that played high school soccer close by include Susanna Rojas and Lizmar Cibrian, recent graduates of henderson High School and Lacey Gambrell, who is from Palestine High School.

Although the bulk of the women are from the Metroplex and Houston areas, one young lady, Rani Muellar has traveled all the way from Thun, Switzerland to play for the Lady Jaguars.

At 5 p.m. Saturday the Lady Jags will scrimmage Ranger College in Jacksonville. Men's teams from the two colleges will test each other at 7 p.m.

The Lady Jags' home opener will be played at 3 p.m. on Aug. 27 against University of Arkansas-Rich Mountain.

Region XIV action is slated to commence at 5 p.m. on Sept. 3 when the JC ladies visit nationally ranked Tyler Junior College.

Assisting Melchor with the coaching duties this season is assistant coach Chris Thorman.