AC Soccer Teams Hosting Nationally Ranked Tyler Teams Lady Roadrunners, Roadrunners in Friday Doubleheader

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Dadwin Hernandez (10) of Angelina College guides the ball up field during a recent match. The Roadrunners host No. 2 Tyler Junior College on Friday as part of a women’s/men’s doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)

The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners want a signature win.

The Roadrunner men just want a break.

Both AC teams are home on Friday night against nationally ranked Tyler Junior College. Both the Lady Apaches (7-0-1) and Apaches (7-1) are listed as the NJCAA’s No. 2 teams in the nation in their respective divisions.

The Lady Roadrunners (6-3) have already surpassed last season’s win total and are seeking a big-time win over conference juggernauts. AC’s ladies very nearly got that win on Tuesday in Corsicana, falling 3-2 to No. 3 Navarro College on the road. Jade Dewbre added to her single-season scoring record, notching her 14th goal of the year to take the league lead in that category. Bailey Bowers also scored, but a late charge came a little too late in the loss.

AC and Tyler met on Aug. 31 in Tyler, and the Lady Apaches pulled off the 4-0 shutout behind two goals from Hitomi Kono.

The Lady Roadrunners have notched impressive wins thus far in 2018, but they’re still looking to add their names to the conference contenders. A win over a nationally ranked squad (and conference leaders) would do just that.

AC’s men (2-6) can’t seem to get a break – unless it’s a body part. Head coach Freddy Drago has been forced to shuffle his lineup on a game-by-game basis after a rash of injuries – several of them season-ending – have ravaged his roster. Despite all the uncertainty, the Roadrunners have played tough, losing four matches by a single goal each. That includes the Aug. 31 match in Tyler, when the Roadrunners very nearly pulled off the biggest upset in program history only to fall short in a 1-0 loss.

Four Roadrunners (Josue Salazar, Dadwin Hernandez, Bryan Nunez and Brad Lowes) lead the team in scoring with two goals each.

Friday’s doubleheader will kick off with the women at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m. Both games will take place at Jase Magers Field on the Lufkin High School campus.

Both AC teams also will host a Sunday doubleheader against Jacksonville College. Those games will also feature the Lady Roadrunners at 5 p.m. and the Roadrunners at 7 p.m. at Jase Magers Field.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

Author

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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