Playing their second matches in a 24-hour period – and in triple-digit heat indices on both days – Angelina College’s soccer teams showed no signs of fatigue in earning a pair of wins on Sunday.
The Roadrunner women got a late second-half goal from Bety Hernandez to secure a 2-1 win over Northeast Community College of Nebraska, and the men got four goals from four different players in shutting out the Hawks 4-0 at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin.
AC’s women trailed 1-0 in the first half, despite numerous near misses, until Morgan Winthrop fought her way to Daisy de Boer’s free kick in the box and headed home the equalizer. The Roadrunner women stiffened on defense, with keeper Eva Phillips making several saves along with defender Savannah Keziah, keeping the match equal until Hernandez chased down de Boer’s deflected corner kick and put the ball high in the net for the eventual game winner.
The Roadrunner men shook off the frustration of Saturday’s loss, a match in which AC strikers were confounded with balls banging off the uprights and crossbars. On Sunday, the ‘Runners used precise passing to set up all four goals: Matheu Gayle opened the scoring with a powerful drive off a feed from teammate Mohammed Aljaif just eight minutes into the match. Taurayi Tugwete got an assist from Alex Rubio in the 31st minute to give AC a 2-0 lead at the half.
The Roadrunners kept up the pressure in the second half. Aljaif took a perfect cross from Scott Gray to knock home his team’s third goal, and Bryan Nunez capped the scoring on a long goal off a free kick in the 87th minute.
AC keeper Shane Wallace and the Roadrunners’ back line helped keep the Hawks scoreless for the full 90 minutes.
Both will take a few needed days off before resuming conference play on Friday in a doubleheader at Jacksonville College. The Roadrunner women (2-1, 1-0) kick off at 5 p.m., and the men (1-2, 0-1) follow at 7 p.m.
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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