Maybe it was a matter of playing on a drier turf, or perhaps it simply was a case of taking out frustrations over losing streaks. Whatever the reasons, both Angelina College soccer teams came out fast and furious in taking a pair of Sunday wins over Jacksonville College.
Playing on the field at Abe Martin Stadium rather than on the sodden grass and mud at Jase Magers Field, both the women and men each exploded offensively, with the Lady Roadrunners taking a 10-0 win and the Roadrunners capturing an 8-2 win in conference play.
Jerissa Grimes scored a hat trick for the ladies, netting all three of her goals in the first half. Italli Suarez added two goals, Jade Dewbre scored her 15th of the season and Gabriel Bradford, Sasha Moreira, Jasmin Keller and Stephany Lopez each added goals in breaking a two-game losing streak – both to nationally ranked teams – for the Lady Roadrunners. AC’s ladies (6-4, 4-3) moved into sole possession of third place in Region XIV behind undefeated Tyler and Navarro.
In the men’s contest, Othonn Ruy sparked a win against his former team – he spent his freshman season in 2017 with the Jaguars – with a sparkling four-goal effort. Teammate Jesus Cerda added the first hat trick of his career, and Josue Salazar added his third goal of the season in the win. Damian Ramirez assisted on two of AC’s goals as the Roadrunners claimed their first conference win of the season.
Jacksonville’s only goals came via penalty kicks, both from Leonardo Santos.
Both the Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners will spend the weekend in Mississippi, taking on Mississippi Gulf Coast College on Saturday and Pearl River College on Sunday. The teams will resume conference play on Saturday, Oct. 6 at home against Northeast Texas Community College.
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Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.
Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.
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