Lady Roadrunners Hosting Mountain View in Home Opener
AC Scored 11 Goals in First Two Games
By GARY STALLARD
Angelina College soccer players had hardly finished moving onto the campus for the new semester when it was time to kick off the 2018 regular season.
Such is the schedule for junior college soccer programs.
The Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners opened the new year on August 22 – five days before classes began – and have spent the past week and some change playing on the road.
On Sunday, the teams will finally have the opportunity to show off for the home crowd. AC’s teams will host a doubleheader against Mountain View College; both the Lady ‘Runners and ‘Runners opened the season with wins over the Lions.
The Lady Roadrunners scored 11 goals in their first two games, with Jade Dewbre accounting for four of those. In the 5-0 win in the opener, Dewbre and Baily Bowers each scored twice while getting another goal from Bety Hernandez. In the road game at Blinn College, AC’s 6-1 win featured two more goals from Dewbre, two from Jerissa Grimes and a goal each from Eva Phillips and Olivia Urrutia.
Head coach Freddy Drago said the key to the women’s success has been an immediate sense of unity despite missing key players early, and he credited sophomores such as Dewbre, Grimes, Urrutia and Skylar Roberson for helping get the new faces on-board quicker.
“The women look like a team already,” Drago said. “Losing some numbers before we even got into camp really forced them to become a team and learn to play together quicker than they would have otherwise. They were put into a tough situation, and they’ve responded very well. Skylar has played a big role helping the younger players understand what we’re trying to do.”
Drago added that the Lady Roadrunners also are playing with a short roster for now, meaning all players are getting more minutes
“Those first few games, we’ve been playing with just two subs, and fatigue is a factor,” Drago said. “We played at Richland the day after the Blinn game and lost 2-0, and the second goal came with less than a minute to play. It was hot, and the girls were just tired.
“One of our international players came into camp yesterday, and we’ve got some others coming off illness or injury who are joining us soon. Getting those numbers back will help us tremendously.”
The Lady Roadrunners kick off against Mountain View at 5 p.m. Sunday at Jase Magers Field at Lufkin High School.
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