Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners got two goals from Kennedy Sessions, the Roadrunners got three from Luis Garcia and both AC teams notched wins over Mountain View College on Saturday.
The Lady Roadrunners rolled to a 6-1 win, while the Roadrunners held on to take a 4-3 decision at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin.
The Lady Roadrunners face No. 1 Tyler College on Sunday.
Lady Roadrunners 6, Mountain View 1
AC’s Lady Roadrunners scored from nearly everywhere on the pitch in Saturday’s 6-1 win over the Lions, with Kennedy Sessions scoring twice and teammates Jerissa Grimes, Camryn Garcia, Sydney Flowers and Hailey Burke joined her on the score sheet.
Grimes scored first, taking a beautiful cross from Naddia Garcia to score from just outside the box in the game’s 9th minute. Sessions followed nine minutes later, blasting home a shot off her own deflection.
In the second half, Sessions was the beneficiary of another perfect setup, this time from Ashley Mora, and Sessions found the corner of the net in the 77th minute. Flowers blasted home a score from long range on what appeared to be a pass that eluded the Lions’ keeper. Burke capped AC’s scoring surge with yet another blast from long distance in the 85th minute.
The Lady Roadrunners (5-4, 2-1) host the No. 1-ranked Tyler College Lady Apaches on Sunday. The game was rescheduled from earlier when the game was suspended because of faulty lighting.
Sunday’s game time is 6 p.m. at Jase Magers Field on the Lufkin High School campus.
Roadrunners 4, Mountain View 3
The Roadrunners built a three-goal lead behind a hat trick from Luis Garcia – the first hat trick in program history – then had to hold on to hold off a desperate Lions team late in the match to squeeze out a 4-3 win on Saturday.
Garcia worked his way around two defenders to net his first goal in the 24th minute to give AC a 1-0 lead. Mountain View’s Victor Torres converted a penalty kick for the equalizer just three minutes later.
Then, with just 18 seconds remaining in the first half, Roadrunner Josue Salazar’s persistence paid off when a ball in the box found three headers, with Salazar finally sending the ball home for a 2-1 AC lead.
Garcia netted his second goal off a free kick in the 66th minute, adding his final score on a breakaway in front of an open net in the 76th minute.
The Roadrunners weren’t able to cruise to an easy finish despite the 4-1 lead. The Lions scored two goals in quick succession: Angel Mendoza scored on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute, and Joel Herrera followed with a sliding shot across the box not even a minute later.
The Lions then poured four more shots on goal in the match’s final two minutes, only to see AC defenders and keeper Riley Thornton hold off the challenges.
The Roadrunners (3-7, 2-6) will host Paris College on Wednesday as part of a women/men doubleheader at Jase Magers Field. The Lady ‘Runners play at 5 p.m., and the men follow at 7 p.m.
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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