Roadrunner Soccer Season Ends at National Tournament

Angelina College’s Omar Mora (10) fires a shot toward the net during Tuesday’s match against Monroe College. The Roadrunners’ season came to an end with a 1-0 loss to the Mustangs in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Wichita, KS. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)

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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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.