A scheduling quirk left the Angelina College women’s and men’s soccer teams with a front-end loaded home schedule, meaning the teams already have played all but two opponents in the friendly confines of Lufkin.
The schedule also means that despite another three full weeks to play in the regular season, the Roadrunner women and men have but just one home stand remaining.
AC’s squads will host Jacksonville College on Friday evening and Tyler College on Saturday in crucial conference matches.
Crucial, because both Angelina College teams remain in the mix for their respective post-season berths.
The Roadrunner women (8-3, 4-2) have won three straight matches and currently sit in third place in the Region XIV standings. AC’s ladies handled Jacksonville 7-1 in the teams’ first meeting back on Sept. 6, with Daisy de Boer scoring a pair of goals and dealing three assists.
AC’s men (3-7-1, 2-5) are just a single game back of the fourth-place position in the conference standings. The Roadrunners beat Jacksonville on Sept. 6, with Taurayi Tugwete scoring two goals, including the game winner in overtime.
Saturday’s matches have AC teams facing the nationally ranked Tyler College teams in a doubleheader. The Apache women (9-0, 6-0) currently are ranked No. 2 in the nation, while the Apache men (10-2, 7-0) are ranked No. 4.
Friday’s matches against Jacksonville College kick off at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the women kick off at 2 p.m. with the men following immediately afterward.
Prior to each of Saturday’s matches, AC coaches will recognize the teams’ sophomores in pre-game ceremonies.
All matches this weekend take place at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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