The Texas A&M-Texarkana Eagles men’s and women’s soccer teams swept both the games at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas Thursday. The Eagle’s women blanked the Paul Quinn Women Tigers 3-0 in the opening game. The A&M Texarkana Eagle’s men outscored the Tiger’s men 5-3.
Hazel Espinoza scored 2 goals for the Eagles women and Samantha Sharpnack-Isom had a goal and two assists while goalkeeper Ellie Kemins kept the Tigers (3-5-1, 0-2) scoreless with and impeccable day in the net.
Dylan Murray and Austin Beck each scored 2-of-the-5 Eagle goals in the Eagles men’s victory. Oscar Herrera put the game out of reach with the Eagle’s fifth goal late in the second half. Paul Quinn’s men (2-5, 0-2) did come out and make a game of it in the second half but the Eagles did a great job of surviving the Tigers run.
Eagles Coach said his Eagles are resilient
“What we are trying to work on is resiliency ,” Don Koontz, A&M-Texarkana Eagles men’s and women’s coach said about the men who survived a 2 unanswered goals run to begin the second half. “We have a habit of giving up goals back-to-back. But the boys ended up showing some resiliency but we went up 4-2, gave up another goal but we ended up icing the game away.”
94.1 FM ESPN-Texarkana broadcasted Thursday’s games live on the radio. Murray was the broadcast’s player of the game in the men’s game.
“The young guys in the midfield are bringing us together and we are about to hit our peak and take on this conference,” Murray said.
A&M-Texarkana Eagles soccer teams will return to the soccer field this Sunday on the road at University of the Southwest. The Eagles women (5-4, 1-1) play University of the Southwest at Noon and the Eagle’s men’s team (3-6, 1-1) will play the University of the Southwest at 2 p.m.