Angelina College Soccer Teams Sweep Jacksonville in Conference Opener

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Gary Stallard
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.

Lady Roadrunners Earn First Win, Roadrunners Move to 2-0

Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners officially earned their first win of the season, and the Roadrunner men moved to 2-0 to start the season after Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Jacksonville College in the conference opener for both teams.

Both AC squads are scheduled to play at Paris College on Wednesday, with the ladies kicking off at 3 p.m. and the men following at 5:30 p.m.

Lady Roadrunners 3, Jacksonville College 1

After having their season opener canceled because of weather – and while leading No. 12 Hill College at the time of the cancellation – Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners finally claimed their first official win of the season.

AC’s ladies beat Jacksonville College 3-1 Saturday at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin in the conference opener, getting results from a relentless forward attack and a determined defensive effort.

Lady ‘Runner Camila Montero set an early tone by blasting in a long-range goal just six minutes into the match. Montero converted a foul and free kick by launching her score over the defense and the leaping try from the Jacksonville keeper to stake AC to a quick 1-0 lead.

Ten minutes later, AC’s Emilie Dueck took a cross in the box from Tatyana Guzman and banged home the match’s second score.

Jacksonville’s Maryane Mafra scored in the 30th minute to cut the lead to 2-1 by the break.

That would be the Lady Jaguars’ last real shot at scoring, as the Lady Roadrunner defense behind keeper Emily Quintanilla kept Jacksonville out of the nets the rest of the way. AC’s Liliane Clase capped the scoring with a sliding shot around two defenders, netting the score for the 3-1 final margin.

The Lady Roadrunners (1-0, 1-0) travel to conference foe Paris College on Wednesday, Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. in Paris.

Roadrunners 3, Jacksonville College 2

The Roadrunners pulled out a win in a testy, physical match – and they did so in heart-stopping fashion.

With the second-half clock dwindling down its final minutes, and with the teams facing overtime, AC’s Aldair Chaves scored on a breakaway goal to lift the ‘Runners to a thrilling 3-2 win over Jacksonville College Saturday at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin.

The win moves the Roadrunner men to 2-0, 1-0 on the young season. It’s the first 2-0 start for the men’s team in the program’s brief history.

In the 86th minute and the score even at 2-2, AC keeper Jorge Gonzalez made a diving punch save of a Jaguar shot. Roadrunner Aldair Chaves broke into the clear, beating his defender, and Gonzalez’ long kick led Chaves perfectly. Chaves then eluded the Jacksonville keeper for the match-clinching goal.

Before the match’s thrilling final minutes, the two teams had spent the entire night trading blows – both literally and figuratively. Jacksonville’s Paulo Villalobos put the Jaguars on top with a goal in the 19th minute, but AC’s Jamie Rinquest answered with a header in front of the box off a corner kick to even the score at 1-1 with seven minutes remaining in the first half.

AC took a 2-1 lead on Andrei Aguirre’s goal off a beautiful cross from Ulises Mercado. The Jaguars responded with Alberto Romano’s score in the 65th minute, and the teams kept things even until Chaves’ solo run for the go-ahead score. Gonzalez clinched the win with yet another clutch save on Jacksonville’s last gasp in the final minute.

The Roadrunners travel to Paris College on Wednesday for another conference match. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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