Top-ranked Tyler defeats Lady Bobcats, 4-1
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-11-07 01:38:43
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
TYLER, Texas – It was a disappointing finish to a terrific 2010 soccer season for the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats.
The top-ranked, unbeaten and defending NJCAA national champion Tyler Junior College Lady Apaches defeated JCJC 4-1 in the championship game of the District E Tournament here on a pretty Saturday afternoon at Pat Hartley Field.
“We have made tremendous progress with the program the last two years,” said Lady Bobcat head coach Dolores Deasley. “The bottom line is we got beat by a much better team today.”
Tyler improves to 15-0 and will advance to the NJCAA Tournament Nov. 18-21.
JCJC ends the year at 15-3-1.
The Lady Bobcats stood toe-to-toe with the hosts for the game’s first 25 minutes.
But the Lady Apaches finally got on the scoreboard at 26:45 of the first half when their leading scorer, Lauren Emmerson of Kilwinning, Scotland, scored.
A little over five minutes later, Emmerson scored again to make it 2-0. That goal came at the 31:55 mark.
Tyler had a chance to add to the lead with just over seven minutes left in the first half when Taryn Purdoe from England had a close shot, but JCJC keeper Michelle Brumfield made a diving stop.
The Lady Bobcats almost got on the board quickly in the second half, but Bridget Dennis’ shot hit off the right post at the 49:30 mark.
The Lady Apaches took a 3-1 lead at the 57:07 mark when Stacey Paul from Cork, Ireland, scored. Tyler’s final goal came at 64:25 on a goal by Ashley Aparicio, a hometown player from Tyler.
JCJC averted the shutout when Liversedge, England, freshman Danica Roberts made an outstanding play and knocked the ball into the left part of the goal at the 73:17 mark. For Roberts, it was her team-leading 19th goal of the season.
For the game, Tyler was credited with 12 shots on goal and five corner kicks. JCJC had two shots on goal and no corner kicks.
Deasley gave credit to the Tyler team.
“They are an outstanding team with a lot of depth,” she said. “They had 12 or 13 subs on the bench that were every bit as good as the players they had on the field. They are an extremely good team.”
Deasley noted the Lady Apaches had 30 players on their roster, including 10 foreign student-athletes. JCJC has 20 players on their roster and one foreign student-athlete.
“It was not a level playing field,” she said. “But we fought hard.”
Deasley noted that Tyler head coach Corey Rose credited the Lady Bobcat squad.
“He liked our team,” she said. “He complimented us on our work rate and our play.”
The defeat snapped an 11-game winning streak for the Lady Bobcats.
“Obviously, we have had a great season,” added Deasley.