AC Soccer Teams Fall to Brookhaven, San Jacinto


Angelina College’s Luis Garcia (9) goes airborne while getting off a shot during Tuesday’s match against San Jacinto College. The Roadrunners fell 2-0 to the Coyotes at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners experienced a Brookhaven second-half scoring blitz in falling 4-3, and the Roadrunners couldn’t capitalize on scoring chances in a 2-0 loss to San Jacinto in a home doubleheader Tuesday at Jase Magers Field on the Lufkin High School campus.

Both AC teams will host Mountain View College in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.

Brookhaven College 4, Lady Roadrunners 3

The Lady Roadrunners took a 2-1 lead into the half behind two Jerissa Grimes goals.

Brookhaven came out firing in the second half, notching three goals in 12 minutes to down AC 4-3 on Tuesday.

Grimes’ scored her first goal on a spinning, 360 move in the box in the 19th minute for a 1-0 AC lead. After the Bears’ Deshae Darrell evened the score on a breakaway in the 30th minute, Grimes struck again following a beautiful chip pass from Olivia Urrutia for a 2-1 Lady ‘Runner lead.

Joseline Sorto trickled a ball into the net for the Bears’ 2-2 equalizer, Taylor Reyes knocked in a deflection off a save in the 64th minute and Savanna Hernandez scored on a breakaway in the 65th minute to give Brookhaven three goals in 12 minutes.

AC’s Jade Dewbre battled through two defenders to find the net in the 87th minute, but the Lady Roadrunners’ final charge fell short in the 4-3 loss.

AC’s ladies (4-4, 2-1) host Mountain View College at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

San Jacinto 2, Roadrunners 0

AC’s Roadrunners suffered their second straight shutout loss in the past four days, this time falling 2-0 to San Jacinto College Tuesday at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin.

San Jac’s Carlos Ibarra scored on a chip shot just over the outstretched arms of the AC keeper in the 6th minute, and then added his second score of the night on a diagonal shot across the box in the 72nd minute.

The Roadrunners’ attack simply couldn’t convert on the few scoring chances available. With seven minutes to play in the first half, the Roadrunners got five shots from point-blank range off a corner kick and deflections, only to see the Coyotes turn the attack away.

Late in the second half, AC’s Luis Garcia blasted a kick from the flank that San Jac keeper Bryan Tello knocked away.

The Roadrunners (2-7, 1-5) host Mountain View College at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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Gary Stallard
Gary Stallard
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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