After their first attempt at a match ended in a suspended game back on September 23, the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners and the Tyler Junior College Lady Apaches finally got together again on Sunday.
The No. 1-ranked Lady Apaches kept their season record unblemished, pitching their sixth shutout in 10 games to take a 4-0 win over the Lady ‘Runners at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin.
With the win, Tyler moved to 10-0, 4-0 for the year.
The Apaches struck early, with Luanna Munoz scoring off a free kick just two minutes into the match. TJC’s Katelyn Renfro worked her way through the AC defense for a goal in the 16th minute for a 2-0 Apache lead; and Itzayanna Sanchez-Garcia gave Tyler a 3-0, first-half cushion with a penalty kick in the 30th minute.
The Lady Roadrunners organized several attacks in both halves, only to have the Apache defenders turn the ball in the other direction each time. AC’s Olivia Urrutia’s long-range free kick nicked the top of the crossbar in a near miss; and Ashley Mora’s header in the 66th minute sailed just wide.
Tyler’s Sanchez-Garcia capped the scoring on a breakaway in the 80th minute.
The Lady Roadrunners (6-5, 2-2) will host Paris College on Wednesday as part of a women/men doubleheader. The Lady ‘Runners play the Dragons at 5 p.m., with the Roadrunners following 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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