With all the numerous scrums and scrambles directly in front of the nets – for both teams – the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners picked up their game-winning goal from long distance.
AC’s Bailey Bowers blasted home a free kick from 35 yards out with 37 minutes elapsed in the first half, and the Lady Roadrunner defense repelled several ensuing LSU-Eunice attacks to squeeze out a 1-0 win Sunday at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin.
Lady ‘Runner goalkeeper Aubrey Pettett did a stellar job in the nets, saving several point-blank kicks in both halves of the match. Lady Bengal Katelyn Knowles very nearly put her team ahead on numerous occasions, only to have AC defenders Bety Hernandez, Savannah Keziah and Bailey Bowers push back.
Sunday’s Lady Roadrunner win capped a big weekend of AC soccer. On Friday, the Lady ‘Runners held No. 1-ranked Navarro College to its lowest goal-scoring output in conference play, only to drop a 2-0 decision to the Lady Bulldogs.
The Roadrunner men’s team lost a pair of tough ones, falling to Coastal Bend College 3-0 on Friday night and losing to Laredo College 3-0 on Sunday in a game suspended on Saturday because of lightning.
Both AC soccer teams will travel to Jacksonville College on Tuesday. The Lady Roadrunners face the Lady Jaguars at 4:30 p.m., and the Roadrunners follow at 7 p.m.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is email@example.com.
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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