WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
The LeTourneau women’s cross country ran as individuals on Saturday at the University of Dallas Invitational as all four YellowJackets finished with personal best times.
“That was awesome to see all four of our girls run well today,” said head coach Britton Koestler. “We are looking forward to the ASC Championship coming up in a couple of weeks. We have been working hard to get to this time of the season.”
Freshman Allison Fuller led the LETU squad as she finished 43rd and cut nearly two minutes off her personal best 5K time, crossing the line in 23:36.
Lizzie Duffy 50th 24:32 improving on her previous best time of 26:07 at the UNT Ken Garland Invitational.
Faith Williams finished in 57th overall as she cut almost two minutes off her time as well as she crossed the line in 25:50
Ann Jones was the final YellowJacket runner as she placed 71st among the field in a career-best 30:14, trimming a whole minute off her previous personal best.
This match was the final tune-up for the YellowJackets before they head to Austin for the ASC Championship Meet on October 29th.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
LeTourneau men’s cross country put four runners in the top 20 to earn the team title at the University of Dallas Invitational in Irving on Saturday morning.
“I thought we ran well in our last meet before conference,” said head coach Britton Koestler. “The guys are focused and training hard towards our goals for the season. I am excited to see how we compete in a couple of weeks.”
Senior Taber Miyauchi was at the front of the field again as he finished second overall as he is posting another personal best 16:03 on the 5K course.
Daniel Moses also finished in the top ten running a 17:06 and crossing the line in 10th overall. Michael Field was just nine seconds behind (17:15) his teammate as he finished 12th.
Senior Jason Saler was the fourth YellowJacket to finish in the top 20 as he ran a 17:37 and placing 16th amongst the field.
A host of YellowJackets came in behind Saler as juniors Ryan Blais (25th, 17:50) who completed the scoring for LeTourneau.
Junior Austin Coblentz (30th, 18:02) joined freshman Conrad Deller (32nd, 18:11) as the two finished just nine seconds apart in the strong showing for LETU.
Adam Russell (44th, 18:52), Lane Martin (46th, 18:58) and Blake Redwine (56th, 19:56) finished the LeTourneau squad helping in the first place finish.
This finish was the final tune-up for the YellowJackets before they head to Austin for the ASC Championship Meet on October 29th.
LeTourneau University men’s soccer fell to Howard Payne 2-3 in an overtime shocker on Saturday night at the Joyce Family Athletic Village.
The YellowJackets (5-7-2, 2-4 ASC) would take the lead in the 14th minute with a header goal by Hunter Swift when he found the ball off Alec Weir’s service from a free kick. Swift now has four goals this season coming up from the back line. The senior’s experience from three previous seasons playing at the forward position has been crucial for LeTourneau.
The second goal came from a through ball pass from Antonio Fernandez to Zachariah Malik who slotted it in the back of the net in the 24th minute. The forward out of Semper Veritas Academy has now scored three goals in his freshman campaign.
Howard Payne would respond midway through the second half with a pair of goals by Josue Vasquez and Daniel Lemus that sent the game into overtime.
The YellowJackets had a great chance in the 93rd minute; Zachariah Malik had a breakaway with two HPU defenders on his back. Howard Payne’s goalkeeper made a diving save blocking Malik’s shot.
Shortly after, Jose Vasquez of Howard Payne lofted the ball over the LeTourneau defense to score the final goal and earn the victory for HPU.
LeTourneau will be on the road next weekend to play Mary-Hardin Baylor on October 21st and Concordia on October 22nd.
LeTourneau University women’s soccer defeated Howard Payne 2-0, with two goals from Stephanie Vana in a home ASC matchup on Saturday night.
The YellowJackets were unable to convert on opportunities in the first half of a physical matchup that would go to the break tied nil-nil.
But, in the second half, LeTourneau was able to put together strong attacks as they outshot Howard Payne 12-3 in that half and earned two crucial penalty shots.
The game-winning goal came in the 50th minute off of a penalty kick from Stephanie Vana. In the 87th minute, the senior from La Verne, California, would step to the penalty spot again and calmly put it in the back of the net. Vana has now netted four goals on the season.
With the win tonight, the YellowJackets move to 6-6-1 for the year and 2-4-1 in conference play. Senior Brittany Hollis recorded five saves on the way to her fourth shutout of the year.
LeTourneau will hit the road to take on Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, TX on October 21st and Concordia in Austin, TX on October 22nd.