Soccer Wins in Arkansas & Football vs. TLUby Adam Ledyard
SOCCER (W): CLARKSVILLE, Ark (10/03/13) – Earning their second shutout in a week, East Texas Baptist University improved to 2-0 in the American Southwest Conference for women’s soccer. ETBU scored two quick goals and held onto the win over the University of the Ozarks improving to 3-3 overall.
Christina Robles was the playmaker for ETBU netting both goals within a five minute time span. Robles netted the first goal in the 42nd minute when she chipped in a shot over Ozark’s Codie Freeman’s head to make it 1-0 just before halftime. ETBU also out shot Ozarks, 8-6, in the first half.
Robles collected her second goal in the 47th minute just as the second half was beginning. Sasha Kotowych pushed the ball over to Robles who drew the Ozarks’ goalie out of the box for the easy goal, 2-0. ETBU once again out shot Ozarks, 11-9, in the second half and 19-15 overall.
Christina Salas picked up her second shutout in a week with a career-high 10 saves and faced 15 shots overall. Ozarks’ Freeman posted seven saves in the loss.
ETBU travels to Richardson, Texas, on Saturday for another American Southwest Conference match vs. Texas-Dallas.
Ramirez Penalty Kick Ices Win in Arkansas
SOCCER (M): CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (10/03/13) – Juan Ramirez lifted East Texas Baptist University to a 3-2 overtime win in American Southwest Conference play over the University of the Ozarks, 3-2. He nailed a penalty kick in the 97th minute of overtime as ETBU moved to 1-1 in conference play.
With 96:57 on the clock Ramirez was chosen for the penalty kick and put it past Ozarks’ Austin Benner for the golden goal to end the match. The goal was his first on the year as ETBU improved to 2-3 overall.
Hugo Orta gave ETBU a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute with an unassisted goal when he found the net off of a free kick. He then helped Justin Adams with his goal in the 59th minute as ETBU took a 2-0 lead. Orta positioned the ball perfectly on a breakaway as Adams gave ETBU their second goal of the game.
Within three minutes late in the second half, Ozarks tied the match up at two. Shaun Keane netted both goals for Ozarks to tie the match. His first goal came in the 76th minute when he headed in a free kick to pull within one. In the 79th minute, he tied the match on a penalty kick for his second goal of the match.
Neither team could find the game winner in the final 11 minutes as the match headed to overtime.
Ozarks out shot ETBU, 16-12, but both teams took three shots in overtime. Cody Hopson finished with four saves while Ozarks’ Benner also had four saves.
PREVIEW: ETBU vs. Texas Lutheran
FOOTBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (10/4/13) – Saturday night brings the second home football game of the year for East Texas Baptist University as they host Texas Lutheran University in their last non-conference game. ETBU is coming off a hard fought loss to Willamette, 45-25, in which both teams had to battle the rainy conditions and late start in the home opener.
"It was a crazy night against Willamette with a lightening delay but our guys came out and played really hard. We just shot ourselves in the foot,” says head coach Joshua Eargle. "It was amazing to see the amount of support we had especially in Tiger Alley as it was packed out. We started a new tradition with the Tiger Walk through the fans and I thought that was awesome.”
Toi Glover literally ripped up the field with 187 yards rushing on 37 carries averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Josh Warbington finished throwing for 201 yards and two touchdowns while Tyler Bates had one pass for 37 yards to D.J. Williams that crossed the goal line. ETBU finished with 492 yards of total offense but turned over the ball four times with three fumbles.
Ja’Kory Hunter posted a career game on defense finishing with 11 tackles with two for a loss. Romeo Botelua and Thomas Warren each recovered a fumble and Daniel Esposito picked off his first career pass. Dewon Davis collected ETBU’s only sack of the night, too.
ETBU offense is now averaging 595.3 yards per game and scoring 44.3 points per game. They gain 218.3 yards on the ground and 377.0 in the air. Glover is the enforcer on the ground with 369 yards rushing averaging 123 yards per game. Warbington has a 174.6 efficiency rating with five touchdowns and a 57.8 passing percentage. Jamaine Sherman remains the top receiver with 283 yards averaging 94.3 per game while Tyler Bates is right behind him with 247 yards.
Giving up 29.7 points per game, the ETBU defense has forced seven turnovers in three games with four interceptions. Drew Benge, Botelua, Esposito, and Rashieed Jeffery all have interceptions. Hunter leads the team with 16 tackles and three tackles for loss with one sack. Benge follows with 15 tackles and two break ups.
The task does not get any easier for ETBU as they face Texas Lutheran who is 2-0 and receiving votes in the D3football.com national poll. Since 2000, ETBU holds a 7-6 advantage but has fallen in the last three meetings to the Bulldogs. Last year, ETBU dropped a heartbreaker in Seguin, 34-28, after being up 14-0. This is the first time that ETBU takes on Texas Lutheran outside of the American Southwest Conference as the Bulldogs are now members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Association.
Due to inclement weather, last Saturday’s game vs. Southwestern Assemblies of God in Seguin, Texas, was called in the second quarter. The last complete game for TLU came on September 23rd vs. Trinity University where they came from 17-points down for the win. They erased a 31-14 halftime deficit to take their first win over Trinity in San Antonio since 1976. With 5:19 left in the game, Peavy tossed a two-yard pass to Barolle for the go-ahead touchdown, 42-38.
A.J. Saucedo rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns with his second touchdown giving TLU the 35-31 lead with 11:49 left to play in the game. Peavy threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns completing 20 passes on 32 attempts with no interceptions. His top receiver was Cameron Peavy who caught six passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
TLU is averaging 43 points per game and 582 yards of total offense. They have tossed eight touchdowns to four different receivers and crossed the goal line on the ground three times. They have been in the redzone 13 times and scored seven with six touchdowns and had one field goal.
The defense has 15 TFLs and two interceptions on the year. They also have sacked the quarterback five times and have 11 break ups.
Peavy has thrown for 625 yards with eight touchdowns and an average of 312.5 yards per game. His top receiver is Chad Peavy with 238 yards (119 yards per game). Saucedo has led the ground game with 178 yards and 86 yards per game.
The kickoff takes place at 6:00 p.m. at Ornelas Stadium during family weekend. Tiger Alley tailgating will start at 3:00 p.m. with the Tiger Walk at 4:00 p.m.
2003 ASC Champions to be Recognized Saturday
FOOTBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (10/4/13) – Ten years has passed since the finest season in East Texas Baptist University football took place. On Saturday, October 5th, the 2003 team will be honored with a banquet and recognition at the football game.
"It such an honor to have this 2003 team back on campus with us,” says head coach Joshua Eargle. "They are living history that this program needs and great examples of what it takes to win a championship.”
A banquet will take place on Saturday afternoon with the team being introduced at the beginning of the second quarter of the football game vs. Texas Lutheran.
The 2003 team went 9-3 making the NCAA playoffs for the first time in program history. The team started off the season 5-1 with five straight wins after a season opening loss to NCAA Division II Southeastern Oklahoma State, 35-14. They started the five game winning streak with a 38-17 win over McMurry in Abilene followed by a three-point victory against Howard Payne, 24-21. They then shut out Austin College, 33-0, shellacked Sul Ross State, 66-10, and took a 24-point win over Texas Lutheran, 45-21.
The five-game winning streak was halted by Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, 20-14, but that did not stop a run to the end of the season on a three-game winning streak. ETBU took out Louisiana College, 30-3, slipped by Mary Hardin-Baylor, 28-21, and finished the regular season with a 45-6 win over Mississippi College.
With an 8-2 record, ETBU was selected for the NCAA playoffs. They opened up the post-season pulling out a big Texas upset over Trinity University, 42-41, advancing to the second round. The season came to an end when ETBU fell to Lycoming College, 13-7, in Pennsylvania.