Defending Champ Monroe Edges AC in Defensive Battle
WICHITA, KS – The Angelina College men’s soccer team entered Tuesday’s match knowing it faced a monumental task: The Roadrunners needed to beat defending champion Monroe College by at least three goals in order to escape pool play and make it to Thursday’s semifinals.
And while the effort was impressive, the result was not, as the ‘Runners fell 1-0 to the Mustangs to end AC’s remarkable season.
Monroe’s Taiso Iida broke open a scoreless match with a goal in the 50th minute, and the Mustang defense held the Roadrunners to just five shots.
On the flip side, the AC defense held the Mustangs to just five shots and one shot on goal for the match. Unfortunately, the Roadrunners just couldn’t find their usual openings against the swarming Mustangs.
AC’s season ends with a record of 13-2-2 and the program’s second consecutive appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament – the only AC team in the college’s 55-year history to earn back-to-back national title berths.
The game marked the final appearance for sophomores Octavio Jacquez, Shota Tokuhisa, Davis Maldonado, Rochaine Baker, Bryan Aguirre, Omar Mora, Kevin Nava, Luan Rangel, Jordan Casanova, Kaito Ueki, and Christian Maldonado.
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