History was made on Saturday at the Jacksonville College soccer field when the Jaguars beat No. 8-ranked Tyler Junior College, 1-0, in overtime.
The win was JC's first in school history over the Apaches, who are a perennial national power. It was also the first time that a JC soccer team has downed a nationally-ranked squad.
Cristhian Bosque punched in the winning goal for JC, with Raul Arredondo getting the assist. Arredondo is a freshman, who prepped at Jacksonville High School.
“Happy to end the season on a high note,” Jacksonville head soccer coach Martin Melchor said. “I truly believe this year was a step in the right direction for both of our teams.
“Although we did not get as many wins as we would have liked, this win against TJC really demonstrates the positive shift happening within our program.”
Melchor went on to say that he believes the future will be even brighter for the Jags.
“Eighty-percent of our roster is freshmen...and we had some immaturity in some games. But, this year's group was able to set a strong foundation heading into next year,” he said. “With a strong core of returners for 2020 and a positive culture being created within the program, it is easy to be optimistic about he future of JC soccer.”
The Jags finished the season with a 2-15-1, 1-12-1 record.
The Lady Jags wrapped up their campaign by losing, 8-1, to the No. 4-ranked Apache Ladies of TJC.
JC's goal was scored by freshman Marina Villanueva, who is a graduate of Jacksonville High School.
The Lady Jags end the year at 3-13, 2-10.