AC Soccer Teams Sweep Paris College

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Lady Roadrunners, Roadrunners Each Move to 2-0 on Young Season

Angelina College’s soccer teams are off to a hot start to the new season, with the Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners each pushing their records to 2-0 following Tuesday’s home sweep of Paris College.

The Lady ‘Runners squeezed out a 1-0 win over the Lady Dragons, while the seventh-ranked Roadrunner men raced to a 7-1 win over Paris.

Both AC teams travel to Athens on Friday to take on Trinity Valley Community College and a pair of afternoon matinees. The women kick off at 1 p.m., with the men scheduled to follow at 3 p.m.

AC’s ladies then host No. 10 Navarro College on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the AC Soccer complex on the AC campus.

Lady Roadrunners 1, Paris College 0

Angelina College’s Tannia Diaz (7) fends off a Paris College player near the goal during Tuesday’s match. The Lady Roadrunners beat the Lady Dragons 1-0 at the AC Soccer Complex in Lufkin, boosting AC’s record to 2-0 on the season. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)

Just days after pounding Northeast Texas Community College 17-0 in Friday’s season opener in Mount Pleasant, the Lady Roadrunners thoroughly dominated time of possession throughout Tuesday’s match against Paris College, but despite several shots on goal just couldn’t find the back of the nets – credit in large part to Lady Dragon keeper Mary Siems, who stopped several AC shots at point-blank range. Other AC shots hit more metal than string, leaving the match scoreless at the half.

Finally, in the 78th minute, Lady ‘Runner Suzy Palos was in the midst of a scramble for a rebound off teammate Marlene Flores’ miss, and Palos pivoted in the box before drilling the ball home for the match’s only score.

AC’s defense gave up just four shots on goal the entire match, with Lady ‘Runner Claire Valentine finishing the match with a clean sheet.

The Lady Roadrunners (2-0) travel to Trinity Valley Community College Friday for a 1 p.m. kickoff before returning home for Sunday’s 5 p.m. match against No. 10 Navarro College.

No. 7 Roadrunners 7, Paris College 1

Angelina College’s Frederick Olesen (17) beats a Paris College player to the ball during Tuesday’s match. The No. 7 Roadrunners moved to 2-0 on the season with a 7-1 win over the Dragons at the AC Soccer Complex in Lufkin. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)
Angelina College midfielder Luan Rangel (15) fights off a pair of Paris College defenders during Tuesday’s match. The No. 7 Roadrunners moved to 2-0 on the season with a 7-1 win over the Dragons at the AC Soccer Complex in Lufkin. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)
Angelina College midfielder Luan Rangel (15) fights off a pair of Paris College defenders during Tuesday’s match. The No. 7 Roadrunners moved to 2-0 on the season with a 7-1 win over the Dragons at the AC Soccer Complex in Lufkin. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)

There aren’t many long runs featured in the Roadrunner offensive attack.

There’s no need for such precision in the ball movement and distribution on display in Tuesday’s match.

The Roadrunners spread the ball around all night to the tune of seven goals in the 7-1 win over the Dragons. Omar Mora charted a brace with his two goals (in the 53rd and 62nd minutes), and five other ‘Runners joined the post-goal celebrations.

Christian Castaneda opened the AC scoring in the 25th minute, capitalizing on a rebound to drill a shot into the bottom left corner. Fourteen minutes later, Shota Tokuhisa took a pass from Liam Anderson, worked around a Dragon defender, and slotted a ball beneath the keeper for a 2-0 AC lead at the half.

The consistent ball movement really paid dividends in the second half, with Luan Rangel the recipient of a sweet feed for his goal in the 50th minute. Mora’s first goal came on a rare breakaway; his second goal was the result of a feed into the box followed by his own footwork to find the open look.

In the 77th minute, Kaito Ueki and Castaneda orchestrated a sweet piece of teamwork, with Castaneda’s perfect cross setting up Ueki’s score.

Steven Aguirre capped the big night with his rebound goal off a miss in the 88th minute.

AC travels to Athens on Friday to face Trinity Valley Community College starting at 3 p.m.

The email for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@anglina.edu.

 

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.

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