Apache Ladies advance to national soccer semifinals


MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Tyler Junior College Apache Ladies ousted No. 4-ranked Butler College from national soccer championship contention Wednesday in a 2-1 decision that moved them into the semifinals.

Sophomore Alice Coyne continued her stellar tournament showing, accounting for both scores. During Tuesday’s game, Coyne had one goal and three assists.

“Alice is playing very well and that’s what we needed her to do,” TJC coach Corey Rose said.

Tyler Junior College (No. 5) lost to Butler College 3-2 in overtime earlier this season. The Apache Ladies now face No. 1 Brevard Community College in a match set for 9 a.m. (CST) Friday.

“It’s not going to get much tougher than what we dealt with tonight,” Rose said. “We played them (Brevard) before and actually beat them. We’re not going in over confident; we’ll just do what we do.”

During Wednesday’s game, Butler got on the scoreboard first with 34:19 on the clock. Butler’s Alyssa Miller scored on an assist from Carla Daniel.

Butler gave the Apache Ladies an opportunity to score with 17 minutes left in the first half — an opportunity TJC did not waste when Coyne tied the game on a penalty kick.

Coyne later broke that tie with an assist from sophomore Jahmela Williams.

“I really don’t know what happened to be honest on the last one,” Coyne said. “I just hit it and it went it.”

As for the penalty kick: “I already missed against Butler in the season on a PK. I definitely was going to take it and I got this one,” Coyne said.

“It’s such a good feeling,” Coyne added about advancing to the semifinal. “We’ve worked so hard this year, especially a year with so many new freshmen. We’ve progressed so much from the start of the season. We deserve to be where we are.”

Apaches win 3-0

ALBANY, GA. —The TJC men’s soccer team equaled its female counterpart’s performance Wednesday by advancing to the national semifinals after defeating Jefferson College (Mo.) 3-0.

All four of the top seeded teams advanced, with No. 4 Tyler Junior College now scheduled to play tournament host No. 1 Darton State College at 4 p.m. (CST) on Friday.

That match not only will give TJC a chance to advance to the title game, but an opportunity to seek revenge for a loss to the undefeated Cavaliers, who bested the Apaches in an August game.

“You’re going to see two completely different teams than those that played at the beginning of the season,” TJC coach Steve Clements said. “A lot changes throughout the season.”

During Wednesday’s game, Jefferson gave all it had to defend against the Apaches, but TJC broke its hold in the final minutes of the first half with two goals.

“We survived the first initial push,” Clements said. “From there we got to see a lot of players on our team play.”

Sophomore Alan Rovira scored the first goal on a spinning kick that hit the goal post and then bounced into the top left corner.

About 90 seconds later, sophomore Casey Osborne hit the inside of the net with an assist from Nathan Trout.

The Apaches made their final statement with a goal by Essie Aburime (Rovira assist) in the first three minutes of the second half.