The biggest games to ever be played on the pitch at the new soccer field at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex will take place this Wednesday evening. That's when two college soccer matches featuring four nationally ranked teams will take place.

The 5th-ranked Angelina College Roadrunners will take on the Tyler Junior College Apaches, who are ranked number 6 in the nation. That game is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 pm.

At 5 pm, the Lady 'Runners will play host to the women's soccer team from TJC.  Angelina College is ranked number 11 in the nation while the Apaches are number two.

In the teams’ earlier matches in Tyler, the Lady Roadrunners dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker in double overtime, while the men pulled out a thrilling 3-2 win over the Apaches.

AC’s teams have been on the road since Sept. 21, with the Lady Roadrunners taking road wins against Northeast Texas Community College (2-0), Jacksonville College (1-0), No. 9 Navarro College (2-1) and Trinity Valley Community College (a 20-1 win). Liliane Clase leads the Lady ‘Runners in goals scored (12) and points (30); Marlene Flores is right behind her with 10 goals and 24 points. AC’s defense is allowing a miniscule .45 goals per match.

The AC men still haven’t lost a match despite losing several key players to injury. After a 1-1 draw at home against Coastal Bend CC on Sept. 14, the ‘Runners have bounced back with wins at Paris College (1-0), NTCC (1-0), Jacksonville (4-2) and TVCC (6-0). Juan Lopez continues to lead the attack with nine goals and 28 points, and a greedy defense is allowing just .90 goals per match.

Emilie Doerksen and Gary Stallard/AC Athletics
Emilie Doerksen and Gary Stallard/AC Athletics

Kickoff for Wednesday’s matches will take place at 5 p.m. for the women’s match and 7:30 p.m. for the men’s match. The games feature an “Orange Out” where fans are asked to wear orange in support of the AC teams. The first 100 kids to sign up for the “Rowdy Kids’ Club” will receive free “Orange Out” t-shirts.

Admission to both matches is free.


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