Soccer

Bailey Bowers connects with the soccer ball during a game in the fall of 2018.

Lady Roadrunner soccer team places third in conference

The Angelina College Lady Roadrunner soccer team set a new standard in 2018, winning 14 games and finishing third in the Region XIV conference standings while qualifying for the post-season tournament for the third straight year.

All that for a program that just celebrated its third birthday.

Following the team’s big year, the individual honors arrived in big numbers.

Lady Runners Jerissa Grimes and Jade Dewbre earned Region XIV First Team All-Region honors while Jasmin Keller and Bailey Bowers received Honorable Mention nods. Their accomplishments mark the most-ever post-season superlatives awarded for an AC soccer team. 

Grimes, a sophomore from Cypress Hills High School in Cypress, Texas, finished with 19 goals in 17 games in 2018, establishing a new program record for goals in a season. 

She scored three hat tricks in 2018, and combined with her five goals in 2017, Grimes leaves as the all-time leading scorer in the program’s brief history with 24. She finished 2018 with 43 accumulated points.

Sophomore Dewbre was on her way to an even bigger season before an injury cut her year short. Still, she managed 15 goals in just 11 games, including a four-goal performance against Mountain View College on Sept. 2. She scored eight goals in 2017, giving her 23 for her two-year career. Dewbre accumulated 34 points in her abbreviated 2018 campaign. 

Keller, a freshman forward from Schwarzenbach, Switzerland, scored seven goals and finished with eight assists while amassing 22 points. Bowers, a Brazoswood High School product from Lake Jackson scored six goals and finished with 14 points as a defender. 

Grimes and Dewbre are expected to sign their letters of intent in the near future while Keller and Bowers will anchor a strong returning lineup for the Lady Roadrunners in 2019.


Lady Runner soccer team defeats No. 4 Navarro

For the third time this season, the Angelina College Lady Roadrunner soccer team held No. 4 Navarro College to below the Lady Bulldogs’ scoring average.

But for the fifth straight match, Navarro’s defense pitched a shutout.

Fielding nine freshmen and just two sophomores, the Lady Roadrunners battled their nationally ranked rivals all match long with AC’s Jerissa Grimes nearly scoring on a header at the final buzzer only to fall 2-0 in Region XIV conference semifinal action Thursday, Oct. 25 in Ennis.

Both Navarro goals came in the first half: Bulldog Andrea Rabaneles was in the right place at the right time, scooping up a deflection for Navarro’s first goal at 23:06; and Valentina Carvajal took advantage of a perfect cross from teammate Megan Thompson for the match’s final goal at the 8:37 mark. 

The game marked the final appearance for AC sophomores Jerissa Grimes, Olivia Urrutia, Skylar Roberson and Jade Dewbre.

The Lady Roadrunners end the season with 13 wins in the team’s best win total of its three-year existence. 


Soccer team squeezes win from LSU-Eunice

The Angelina College Lady Roadrunner soccer team picked up its game-winning goal from long distance on Sunday, Oct. 14.

AC’s Bailey Bowers blasted home a free kick from 35 yards out with 37 minutes elapsed in the first half, and the Lady Roadrunner defense repelled several ensuing LSU-Eunice attacks to squeeze out a 1-0 win. 

Lady Runner goalkeeper Aubrey Pettett did a stellar job in the nets, saving several point-blank kicks in both halves of the match. Lady Bengal Katelyn Knowles very nearly put her team ahead on numerous occasions, only to have AC defenders Bety Hernandez, Savannah Keziah and Bowers push back.

The Lady Roadrunner win capped a big weekend of AC soccer. On Friday, the Lady Runners held No. 1-ranked Navarro College to its lowest goal-scoring output in conference play, only to drop a 2-0 decision to the Lady Bulldogs. 

The Roadrunner men’s team lost a pair of tough ones, falling to Coastal Bend College 3-0 on Friday night and losing to Laredo College 3-0 on Sunday in a game suspended on Saturday because of lightning. 

2 Bety Hernandez  LSU Eunice Adrianna Santander Photo

Bety Hernandez charges toward the ball during the soccer game Sunday, Oct. 14 against the LSU-Eunice.


Lady Runners blast NTCC in 10-0 win

The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners launched a barrage of long-distance kicks during the match with Northeast Texas Community College Saturday, Oct. 6, connecting for 10 of them in a 10-0 blasting at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin.

From the opening kick, the Lady Runners were on the attack, attempting several tries from long range before Jerissa Grimes finally found the net with her first of three goals. 

Along with the Grimes hat trick, AC got two goals each from Jasmin Keller and Sasha Moreira and a goal each from Bety Hernandez, Daisy de Boer and Bailey Bowers.

In a change of typical tactics, the Lady Roadrunners took nearly every shot from far outside the box. NTCC’s keeper thwarted a few, including several on-target blasts from de Boer, but AC never let up in securing its fifth conference win – two full games ahead of the Lady Eagles. 

The men’s game the evening of Oct. 6 was suspended because of lightning with NTCC leading 2-1 with 35 minutes to play in the match. No makeup date has been announced yet.

Jerissa Grimes, AC Lady Roadrunners

Angelina College’s Jerissa Grimes, No. 10, finds room to run during the soccer match against Northeast Texas Community College Saturday, Oct. 6. Grimes scored three goals to lead AC to a 10-0 win at Jase Magers Field.


Lady Roadrunner team beats Paris College

Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunner soccer team extended its winning streak to five games with an 8-2 win Monday, Oct. 8 against Paris College, marking the longest such streak in program history. 

The Lady Runners have averaged seven goals per game during those five games, and AC kept those numbers high on Oct. 8 with Jerissa Grimes accounting for a first-half hat trick for the second straight game and Stephany Lopez adding two goals.

Jasmin Keller, Kaitlan Miller and Gabriel Bradford also found the net for the Lady Roadrunners, now 10-4, 6-3 on the season.

Grimes’ three goals lifted her total to 15 for the season. The Cypress Falls product struck her first goal with just four minutes elapsed in the first half, capping solid ball movement from Bradford and de Boer to find an opening near the box. After a Bradford goal was waved off for an offside call, Grimes nailed another one just 20 seconds later, and the rout was on. 

 In the later game, the Roadrunner men’s team fell 3-0 to the Dragons.

Lady Roadrunners No. 12 Gabriel Bradford

AC’s Gabriel Bradford, No. 12, maintains possession during the soccer match Monday, Oct. 8 against Paris College. The Lady Roadrunners set a program record with their fifth straight win, taking down the Lady Dragons 8-2 at Jase Magers Field.


AC’s Lady Roadrunner soccer team takes the win!

The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners launched a barrage of long-distance kicks during the match with Northeast Texas Community College Saturday, Oct. 6, connecting for 10 of them in a 10-0 blasting at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin.

From the opening kick, the Lady Runners were on the attack, attempting several tries from long range before Jerissa Grimes finally found the net with her first of three goals.

Along with the Grimes hat trick, AC got two goals each from Jasmin Keller and Sasha Moreira and a goal each from Bety Hernandez, Daisy de Boer and Bailey Bowers.

In a change of typical tactics, the Lady Roadrunners took nearly every shot from far outside the box. NTCC’s keeper thwarted a few, including several on-target blasts from de Boer, but AC never let up in securing its fifth conference win – two full games ahead of the Lady Eagles.

The men’s game the evening of Oct. 6 was suspended because of lightning with NTCC leading 2-1 with 35 minutes to play in the match. No makeup date has been announced yet.

Betty Hernandez #9

AC’s Betty Hernandez No.9 takes the lead against the Northwest Texas Community College on Oct 6. The Lady Roadrunners take the win 10-0 against the Lady Eagles.


The Lady Roadrunners, behind a four-goal night from Jade Dewbre, coasted to an 8-0 win while the Roadrunners squeezed out a 2-1 win despite playing most of the second half short-handed.

Lady Roadrunners 8

Mountain View 0

Playing most of the match in a driving rain, AC’s Lady Roadrunners opened the flood gates on the nets in an 8-0 win on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Jade Dewbre netted a hat trick just in the first half, adding her fourth goal later in the second. Jerissa Grimes added two goals, and Gabriel Bradford and Stephany Lopez added a goal each.

Dewbre’s first goal came on a breakaway in the 38th minute of the first half. She swiped a ball from a Lion forward, side-stepped the keeper and put the Lady Roadrunners up 1-0. Minutes later, Dewbre took a perfect cross from Bailey Bowers and headed home for her second goal; she earned her third off a pass from Grimes to finish the first half with the hat trick.

Grimes scored her first off a feed from Eva Phillips and assisted on Bradford’s goal in the 21st minute of the first half for a 5-0 AC lead.

Lopez used a move to leap over a Lion defender to score and put the Lady Roadrunners up 6-0 early in the second half. Grimes’ second goal came off a free kick from Olivia Urrutia, who placed the ball perfectly inside the box. After a couple of bounces, Grimes tapped the ball in for a 7-0 lead. Dewbre finished off her big night after Bradford sent a long kick past the Mountain View keeper and found Dewbre alone in front of the net.

The Lady Roadrunners stand at 3-2 for the season.


Photo By Richard Hardesty
Players from both men and women’s soccer teams pose in front front for the new Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex sign.
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