No. 4 Tyler College Holds off Roadrunners


Fourth-ranked Tyler Holds off Roadrunners

 

GARY STALLARD/AC Athletics

Facing the fourth-ranked team in the nation was going to be a big enough challenge, but doing so fewer than 20 hours after a hard-fought road battle made the task even more daunting.

Angelina College’s Roadrunners took on No. 4 Tyler Junior College in a Region XIV conference game on Saturday, and the Apaches proved worthy of their lofty ranking with a 3-0 win at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin.

TJC’s Rashad Dobbs broke out of a cluster to hit the nets in the 19th minute for the Apaches’ first score, Marcelo Da Silva Anton launched home a long goal off a corner-kick deflection in the 26th minute and Jacob Daffern converted a penalty kick in the second half to wrap up Tyler’s fourth straight win.

Angelina College’s Matthew Flaherty makes a sliding attempt for the ball against Tyler’s Frieder Wagner during Saturday’s match. The No. 4 Apaches held off the Roadrunners 3-0 at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

Angelina College’s Matthew Flaherty makes a sliding attempt for the ball against Tyler’s Frieder Wagner during Saturday’s match. The No. 4 Apaches held off the Roadrunners 3-0 at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

The Roadrunners struggled to string together enough touches to match the Apaches’ scoring runs. AC’s Santiago Maya and Matthew Flaherty teamed up on a nice run, only to see a Tyler defender make a diving kick save inside the box. In the second half, AC’s Julio Islas provided a perfect lead pass to Tito Zammaron, but the shot attempt was off the mark.

Angelina College’s Luis Garcia (9) and Tyler’s Yudai Tashiro (22) compete for a header during Saturday’s match.

Angelina College’s Luis Garcia (9) and Tyler’s Yudai Tashiro (22) compete for a header during Saturday’s match.

The Apaches moved to 7-1, 5-1 on the season. The Roadrunners dropped to 2-6, 1-5.

The Roadrunners get little rest before Tuesday’s match against San Jacinto College. The game is part of a women’s/men’s home doubleheader. The Lady Roadrunners face Brookhaven College at 5 p.m., and the Roadrunners follow against San Jac at 7 p.m. at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.