Tue, Sep. 4, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
Article Courtesy of Vanessa Curry, Tyler Morning Telegraph
It wasn't a pretty win, but it was win nevertheless for the Tyler Junior College Apaches who outscored Jefferson County (Mo.) Community College 2-0 Sunday at Pat Hartley Field.
Both goals came in the second half, after first-half attempts went everywhere but in the goal.
"Neither goal was pretty," TJC coach Steve Clements said, "but we tell the players all the time it doesn't matter how it gets in just as long as it get in."
Clements said it was a lot more fun leaving the field on Sunday then the day when No. 1 ranked Cloud County (Kan.) Community College defeated the Apaches 1-0.
San Jacinto College defeated Cloud County 2-0 in a Sunday match prior to the TJC game.
TJC and Jefferson County took to the field in the late afternoon with a heat index near triple digits.
A highlight of the scoreless first half included a near-goal that hit the left post. Other shots bounced over or went wide right or left.
Tyler's first goal came with 32:46 left on the clock in the second half when Reed Pool, a Robert E. Lee recruit from Tyler, slid into the center and scored when the ball bounced off his shoe and into the net.
Pool sat out Saturday's game because he received a red card in a match against Darton College the week before.
"I had to come back this game and earn my spot and the hard work paid off," he said.
Tyler scored again on a deflection shot by Oniel Fisher with 11:21 left on the clock.
The Apaches ended the game with four shots on goal to Jefferson County's one. Tyler also led corner kicks by a 4-1 margin.
The Jefferson County bench received a red card late in the second half.
The Apaches, ranked No. 4 in the nation, take to the road to play San Jacinto College South this Friday.
The Apache Ladies won on Sunday as well, beating Mississippi Gulf Coast 6-1 in Perkinson, Miss.