In its home opener, and final match before opening Region XIV play at Tyler Junior College on Sept. 6, soccer clubs from Jacksonville College won a doubleheader over University of Arkansas-Rich Mountain on Tuesday.
The Lady Jaguars shutout the Lady Bucks, 3-0, with the JC men outlasting the visitors, 3-2.
Both of the JC teams are now 1-1 on the year.
Lady Jaguars 3, Lady Bucks 0
Caitlin Gourley (Corinth, Texas) scored at the 7:14 mark giving JC a 1-0 lead, which is what the score was at the break.
In the final half, Marina Villanueva, a freshman out of Jacksonville High School, booted through two goals, both unassisted.
Villanueva, who registered seven shots and five on goal, also had an assist on Gourley's goal.
Goal keeper Alleea King (Bryan, Texas) stopped nine shots to earn the win in goal.
King also had help from the Lady Jag defenders (Citlalli Medellin (Jacksonville), Susanna Rojas (Henderson), Apolina Irankunda (Houston) and Madison Holbert (Eustace).
“We did a fantastic job of playing to our strengths and making sure everyone did their job during the game,” JC head coach Martin Melchor said. “Marina (Villanueva) had a standout performance and the whole back line worked perfectly together to keep a clean sheet.”
Melchor added that he was able to get every person on the roster some valuable minutes.
Jaguars 3, Bucks 2
The Bucks got on the board first when Daniel Perez drilled the ball in at the 15:26 juncture.
The Jags recovered to take a 2-1 lead into halftime after Cristhian Bosquez (Mexico City) and Andy Pineda (Jacksonville) scored goals in the remaining minutes of the opening half.
Moriyuki Ito (Tokyo) was credited with an assist on the Pineda goal.
UA-Rich Mountain tied the match, 2-2, at 78:17 when Maurice Threat deposited the ball into the net.
About six minutes later, Bosquez had an unassisted goal, which turned out to be the game winner for the Jags.
“Although we didn't start the game very well at all, the guys showed a lot of positives during the match,” Melchor said. “Coming from behind isn't easy and I am proud of the guys for never letting up and finding a way to grind out the win.”
Melchor said that he felt that some of his men underperformed, but the play of Pineda and Bosquez was absolutely encouraging.
“Andy Pineda has improved a lot throughout the preseason and his goal was well deserved,” Melchor, who also serves as the men's head coach, said. “Cristhian (Bosquez) has showed he can play in any position and be a difference maker.”