LAREDO - Carlton McKenzie scored on a penalty kick six minutes into the second half and Robbie Johnson had the clean sheet as No. 1 Tyler Junior College bounced back from its first loss in two years with a 1-0 win over Laredo on Saturday in a Region XIV soccer match.
TJC fell to Coastal Bend on Friday and coach Steve Clements was hopeful his team would bounce back. The Apaches did just that.
Johnson made three saves with TJC taking 11 shots to the Palominos’ six. The Apaches (4-1) had nine corner kicks to LC’s four.
Clements said he was proud of the way his team played.
“We played well, this is a tough, tough place to play,” said Clements, whose Apaches improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in Region XIV. “It is difficult to play back-to-back games, just like it is for everyone; and we got the long road trip out of the way.”
The Apaches saw their 27-game winning streak halted on Friday in a 3-1 loss to Coastal Bend, which improved to 2-1 in league play.
TJC’s goal was scored by Mohammed Kamara from an assist by George Braima.
The Apaches had not lost since Nov. 21, 2015 against Louisburg (N.C.) in the national championship game. It was also TJC’s first conference loss since Sept. 11, 2015 at Laredo.
TJC has back-to-back home games at Pat Harley Field on Friday (7 p.m. vs. Northeast Texas CC) and Saturday (7 p.m. vs. Paris).