Angelina College head soccer coach Freddy Dragon on Wednesday employed a “defense first” strategy, and the Roadrunners worked it to near perfection in battling Northeast Texas Community College to a 1-1 draw in Hudson.
The match was a rescheduled affair from Oct. 6 after the original game was suspended because of lightning.
AC’s Brad Lowes scored an equalizer with barely three minutes remaining in regulation, and the defense – fueled by sticky-gloved keeper Julian Ramirez – kept the Eagles, the second-place team in the Region XIV standings, away from and out of the nets for most of the game, including the two extra periods. NTCC entered Wednesday’s contest riding a five-game winning streak and averaging more than three goals per match.
The teams fought to a scoreless draw at the half thanks in large part to Ramirez, who turned in several spectacular saves, and the back line, especially Usman Sotomi, whose pair of flying kick saves prevented Eagle scores early.
NTCC’s lone score came stroke of Eagle luck: At 31:06 of the second half, Eagle Amadou Gadio blasted a kick from outside the box that appeared to ricochet off a player’s back and into the net.
With time winding down in regulation, the Roadrunners managed to even the score. Jesus Cerda crossed to Elvis Rahmanovic at the top of the box, and Rahmanovic’s one-touch pass to Lowes set up the tying goal.
The ‘Runners moved to 6-10-1 on the season, while the Eagles’ record stands at 12-2-2. AC’s men will close out the regular season on Saturday as part of a women/men doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin. Both AC teams will celebrate Sophomore Day prior to each respective match.
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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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