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First and second-half goals bookend the Lions’ 2-1 win over UT Tyler.

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COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team defeated UT Tyler 2-1 on Thursday afternoon. After the tie at halftime, the Lions netted a goal in the second half to get the win. 

The win brings the Lions to 6-3-1 on the season and 3-2-0 in the Lone Star Conference. UT Tyler falls to 3-6-0 on the season and 1-4-0 in conference play. 

The Lions return to action on Thursday with a home match against Texas Woman’s University. The match will be at 7:00 pm at the Lion Soccer Field. Tickets to all Lion home matches are available for purchase at WeAreLionsTix.com, by calling (903) 468-8756, by visiting the Lion Sales & Service Box Office in the Field House during business hours, or by purchase at the gates of the Lion Soccer Field. 

HEAD COACH NEIL PIPER AFTER THE MATCH

– Thoughts on the game: “I thought in the first half, we were the better team. They had some chances, but I felt like we could have been three or four goals up, but we weren’t. To Tyler’s credit, they hung in there and created some good chances themselves. In the second half, we got that early goal and then kind of just hung on. I think the last 20 minutes, we got tired and they took it to us. We were able to hold on and get the win.”

– On the future rivalry with UT Tyler: “It’s the first time we’ve played them in a non-exhibition game. They are just down the road from us, not too far. And they have always had a good team. They gave us a great game today. I’m glad we got the win.”

– On getting rest before a tough week next week: “We will give our players the weekend off and then get ready for TWU and Dallas Baptist next week. Those are two tough matches. I’m glad we have them at home.” 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Naomi Sink (Plano – East Senior) scored the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute. The goal was assisted by Leslie Campuzano (Garland – Lakeview Centennial) and Skyler Sorrell (Monroe, La.).

– Campuzano scored the Lions’ first goal in the 10th minute. The goal was assisted by Amber Crews (Lewisville).

– Sink had three shots on goal. Campuzano, Sorrell, Crews, Kasey Sorbers (Rowlett – Sachse), and Rylie Robertson (Rockwall) also had shots on goal.

– Jen Peters (Allen) made five saves in the match.

– The Lions outshot UT Tyler 15-9 in the match and had a 15-3 advantage on corner kicks. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Both teams fought for possession early in the match before the Lions were able to capitalize on the 10th minute. On a ball that was kicked out, Crews was able to find Campuzano near the goal box. She juked a pair of Patriot defenders and scored with her left foot, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead in the match. 

The Patriots responded not two minutes later, putting in a goal to tie the match at one-all. 

The Lions kept attacking, as Crews and Sorrell each had a shot on goal, and Sink had two shots saved. Peters made a save in the 32nd minute as the Patriots looked to take the lead. However, neither team could break the tie, as the game went into halftime tied at one. 

Peters made three early saves in the second half as the Patriots attacked early. However, it was the Lions who broke the tie. Campuzano kicked the ball to Sorrell, who maneuvered before finding Sink open. She used her right foot to give the Lions a 2-1 lead. 

Sorbers had a shot saved off of a corner kick header as the Lions kept attacking. The Lions hunkered down on defense late to keep the Patriots from having an opportunity and left with the win.

No. 20 Lions host, Midwestern State in Division II Showcase national broadcast.

COMMERCE – The No. 20 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team plays its first of four televised games this Saturday, hosting Midwestern State University in the NCAA Division II Showcase game nationally televised on ESPN3. 

WHO: Midwestern State University at Texas A&M University-Commerce

WHERE: Commerce | Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium

WHEN: 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 12.

RECORDS: A&M-Commerce is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Lone Star Conference after defeating A&M-Kingsville, 33-6, winning the Chennault Cup for the eighth-consecutive season. Midwestern State is 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the LSC after falling to Eastern New Mexico, 27-24

RANKINGS: A&M-Commerce is ranked No. 20 in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll and the D2Football.com Media Poll. Midwestern State is receiving votes in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll.

LIVE AUDIO: Lion Sports Network — KETR 88.9 FM, Commerce (http://www.ketr.org)

LIVE VIDEO: ESPN3 – http://lives.watch/MSUTAMC

LIVE STATS: http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statbroadcast.php?t=1&gid=tame

TICKETShttp://WeAreLionsTix.com

LIONS GET NATIONAL EXPOSURE

• It is one of four television games for the Lions in the final six weeks of the season. It is the first on ESPN3 as part of the Division II Showcase Series, which has featured the Lions a lot in the last few years.

• The Lions have had at least one nationally televised game in each of the previous five seasons.

• It is the second time the TAMUC/MSU game has been the Division II Showcase game. The Mustangs were 26-25 victors in that game. 

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2018 GAME

• In the 2018 meeting between these teams, No. 9 A&M-Commerce defeated No. 4 Midwestern State, 20-19, in a game that spanned two days and two stadiums.

• The game started in Wichita Falls and then delayed at the start for approximately 45 minutes.

• The game was tied 10-10 when the second line of thunderstorms hit. The game was unable to be completed in Wichita Falls that evening.

• After lengthy consultation with both coaches and administrations, just before 1:00 am Sunday, the schools were able to jointly announce the resumption of the game at North Texas’ Apogee Stadium in Denton at 2:00 pm Sunday.

• MSU was able to wear its home black uniforms in both halves of the game. The A&M-Commerce squad wore its white away uniforms in Wichita Falls, and its alternate gold uniforms in Denton.

• The Lions took a 20-17 lead with 11:22 to play after a 13-play, 98-yard touchdown drive.

• An errant punt snap was downed for safety with 8:53 to play, allowing MSU to cut the lead to 20-19.

• Brandon Bascue blocked a 39-yard MSU field goal attempt with 3:15 to play, and the Mustangs’ game-winning field goal attempt from 30 yards out went wide right as time expired. 

ABOUT THE MIDWESTERN SERIES

• The Lions lead the all-time series, 13-11.

• A&M-Commerce has an 8-4 lead in games played in Commerce.

• Of the last seven meetings, six decided by one score.

• The previous two games have been in Wichita Falls.

• Three straight games played in Commerce in 2015 and 2016.

• Since the resumption of the series in 2011 after a brief hiatus, MSU is 7-2.

• The Lions’ win in the 2018 Sunday Special snapped a three-game Mustang win streak.

• Including this game, the last nine matchups have featured at least one nationally-ranked team.

• It is the first time since the 2014 game that MSU is unranked in this game.

• The series dates back to 1947, when East Texas State defeated Hardin College, 20-7, in Commerce.

• The Lions won the first ten games in the series. 

BAILIFF BEGINS ON RIGHT FOOT

• Lion Football hired head coach David Bailiff in December 2018 as the 20th head football coach at A&M-Commerce.

• Since East Texas joined the Lone Star Conference as charter members in 1931, Bailiff is the 13th head coach of the Lions.

• He has won all four of his “firsts” games at A&M-Commerce

FIRSTS GAMES
First Game NUEVO LEON Sept. 7 W 83-0
First Road Game at Western Oregon Sept. 14 W 34-27
First LSC Game EASTERN N.M. Sept. 21 W 45-27
First LSC Road Game at Tex. A&M-Kingsville Oct. 5 W 33-6
First National TV Game MIDWESTERN ST. Oct. 12
First Regional TV Game WESTERN N.M. Oct. 26
  • Bailiff was the head coach at Texas State University from 2004-06 and at Rice University from 2007-17. The Lions’ 2019 season will be Bailiff’s 15th season as a collegiate head coach.
    • As a collegiate head coach, Bailiff has led a team to the NCAA Division I National Semifinals and has made five total postseason appearances with a 5-2 postseason record.
    • The 2005 Texas State Bobcats were Division I National Semifinalists, and Bailiff led the Rice Owls to four bowls with a 3-1 record in those games.
    • Bailiff has led teams to 10-win seasons in three seasons (one at Texas State, two at Rice). Under his watch, the Owls had the most wins in school history over a two (18), three (25), and four (30) year periods. Rice’s 18-9 mark from 2013-14 was the second-best of any FBS program in Texas.LION COACHES IN THEIR FIRST SEASON
Year Coach Overall LSC
2019 David Bailiff 4-1 2-0
2013 Colby Carthel 7-5 2-4
2009 Guy Morriss 5-5 5-4
2004 Scotty Conley 4-6 4-5
1999 Eddie Brister 4-7 4-5
1986 Eddie Vowell 2-9 1-5
1964 Ernest Hawkins 2-7 1-5
1954 J.V. Sikes 6-3-1 5-0-1
1951 M.A. “Catfish” Smith 9-2 5-0
1946 Bob Berry 2nd Stint 5-2-2 3-1-1
1942 Dennis Vinzant Only Season 4-3-1 2-0-1
1935 Bob Berry 1st Stint 6-2-1 3-1
1931 J.W. Rollins 3-6

WE’RE GOING STREAKING!
• By qualifying for their fourth straight NCAA Division II Playoff berth in 2018, the Lions have the third-longest active playoff streak in the nation.
• Only Northwest Missouri State (15 straight) and Ferris State (five straight) have longer active playoff streaks than A&M-Commerce.
• In Lone Star Conference history, only A&M-Kingsville (1992-98, 7 straight) has a streak of more than four appearances.
• The Lions have also advanced to the regional semifinal round for three consecutive seasons. National runner-up Ferris State has reached the regional semifinal four times in a row.

LIONS CONTINUE RANKINGS RUN
• The Lions moved up one spot to No. 21 nationally in the 2019 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll released Monday.
• A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 59 consecutive AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll.
• This is A&M-Commerce’s 65th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.
• In the polls recognized by Division II as the top rating system, the Lions have been recognized as a nationally ranked team 114 times since joining Division II in 1981.

SENIORS SUCCEED OVER CAREER SPAN
• The 2018 senior class claimed sole possession of the school record for wins in a four-year period with 43.
• The 2019 senior class is already on pace to challenge that record, with a record of 42-7 through 49 games.
• They are four games away from tying the school record for most games played by a senior class.

Years Record
2015-18 43-10
2014-17 42-10
2016-19 42-7
1951-54 36-5-2
2013-16 35-14
1957-60 34-7
1972-75 32-13-1
1936-39 31-8
1990-93 31-16-1

NO SMALLS FEAT
• Quarterback Miklo Smalls has established himself as one of the most accurate efficient passers in the LSC and Division II.
• His top performance came on Sept. 21, when he won Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, completing 13-of-15 passes for 243 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
• His passing efficiency rating of 297.413 in that game is the second-best single-game performance by a quarterback in Division II this season.
•His 86.7 completion percentage in the game is six-best in the nation this year of passers with 15 or more attempts in a game.
•His 72.8 percent (75-of-103) completion percentage for the season ranks fifth in Division II.

SMALLS GAME-BY-GAME

Date Game C-A-I Yds TD Effic Comp Pct
9/14 at Western Oregon 24-32-0 240 1 148.31 75.0
9/21 Eastern N.M. 13-15-1 243 4 297.41 86.7
9/28 at CSU-Pueblo 24-36-1 235 0 115.94 66.7
10/5 at Tex. A&M-Kingsville 14-20-0 222 3 212.74 70.0
Total 75-103-2 940 8 171.22 72.8

TO THE CRIB!
• Junior return specialist Dominique Ramsey‘s 55-yard punt return for a touchdown in the ENMU game earned him Lone Star Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
• He became the first player in the Lone Star Conference to return a punt for a touchdown this season.
• He averaged 35 yards per punt return in the ENMU game and ranks second in the LSC in both punt and kickoff return average.
• He now has five career returns for touchdowns:

Date Type Opponent Yards
9/21/19 Punt EASTERN N.M. 55
11/17/18 Punt at Minnesota Duluth 79
11/10/18 INT ANGELO ST. 99
10/27/18 INT WEST TEXAS A&M 84
9/22/18 Punt COLORADO ST.-PUEBLO 72
  • He currently ranks third in the LSC and 12th nationally in punt return average at 14.3 yards per return.REBOUNDING FROM A SETBACK
    • The Lions have been exceptional in responding to the rare loss in the last few seasons.
    • The last time A&M-Commerce lost consecutive games was 2016, with a loss in the LSC playoff championship game followed by a loss at Ferris State in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.
    • The last time A&M-Commerce lost consecutive regular-season games was in 2013, with losses to No. 4 West Texas A&M and No. 23 Midwestern State in weeks 3 and 4.
    • In the last eight games after a loss, the Lions have picked up a win, dating back to the 2016 season opener after ending the 2015 season at Ferris State.HODGE WRECKS SHOP vs. KINGSVILLE
    • Redshirt junior defensive lineman Jaylon Hodge was a dominant force in the backfield at A&M-Kingsville, as he recorded seven tackles, with two sacks for a loss of 26 yards and a pair of forced fumbles.
    • This performance marked career highs in all categories.
    • He leads the nation in forced fumbles per game at 0.67 and second in the LSC and 17th in the nation at 1.00 sacks per contest.

    SHILLOW GETS STOPS
    • Redshirt junior safety Alex Shillow has led the team in tackles in two games and ranks in the top 15 in the LSC in tackles per game at 6.5 stops per contest.
    • The NCAA Division II National SAAC Chair recovered a fumble on kickoff coverage in the first half of the ENMU game to set up a Lion score.
    • He returned a blocked PAT for two points in the late stages of the second quarter at A&M-Kingsville.
    • His 142 career tackles rank second on the team behind Mark Westbrook.
    • Westbrook has 149 career stops from various linebacker and safety positions over the years.
    • Westbrook reached the 100 career solo tackle mark at A&M-Kingsville.
    • Westbrook also recovered a fumbled punt in the endzone at CSU-Pueblo

    JAKE IS THIS YEAR’S MR. AUTOMATIC
    • Junior kicker Jake Viquez extended his career-long in field goals with a 44-yarder at CSU-Pueblo.
    • For the season, he is 5-of-6 on field-goal attempts and a perfect 16-of-16 on PAT attempts.
    • His 7.8 kicking points per game are third in the LSC.
    • Including the career of Lion Legend Kristov Martinez, the Lions have now made 119 consecutive PATs, dating back to the Eastern New Mexico game in 2017.
    • The Lions are approaching the NCAA Division II record for most consecutive PATs made. Liberty made 123 PATs from 1976 through September 1983.

    IF YOU HAVE TO PUNT, MAKE IT AWESOME
    • Junior punter Andrew Gomez ranks first in the LSC and fifth in the nation in punt average at 44.0 yards per boot.
    • The Lion coverage has been excellent as well, as TAMUC ranks 15th in the nation in net punting at 39.31 yards per punt.

    BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
    • The Lions will be wearing pink helmet decals and pink accessories in support of breast cancer awareness.
    • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States.
    • Worldwide, breast cancer is the leading type of cancer in women, accounting for 25% of all cases. In 2018 it resulted in 2 million new cases and 627,000 deaths. It is more common in developed countries and is more than 100 times more common in women than in men.

On this date in Texas A&M-Commerce/East Texas State Football (4-6) : 
• 1922 – East Texas plays in its first-ever neutral site game, falling to Grubbs Vocational College (now UT Arlington), 20-2, at the Dallas Fairgrounds. The game was played in the original Fair Park Stadium, which was built the previous year. It was razed in 1930 for construction of the new Fair Park Stadium, which turned into the Cotton Bowl Stadium.
• 1957 – The Lions are tripped up at home by Lamar Tech, 7-6, in their only loss of the season. The Lions would win the Tangerine Bowl on New Year’s Day.
• 1963 – East Texas heads south and loses to the Texas A&I Javelinas, 17-0.
• 1968 – After a loss the previous week, the Lions host McMurry and pick up a 20-0 shutout victory.
• 1974 – The Lions host Texas A&I and lose a narrow 27-20 decision.
• 1985 – East Texas sees a two-game winning streak snapped with a 41-13 loss to Central State at home.
• 1991 – The Lions pull out an important close win in Kingsville with a 24-22 triumph over Texas A&I.
• 1996 – A&M-Kingsville takes the Chennault Cup in the first game with both teams competing under A&M names, with the Hogs winning 35-28.
• 2002 – A&M-Commerce loses the Chennault Cup after a win the previous season, with the Javelinas taking the decision, 37-15.
• 2013 – The Lions earn their second Chennault Cup in the current eight-game streak with a 41-28 win at A&M-Kingsville.

Lion Soccer match against UT Tyler moved to 4:00 pm.·          

COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team has announced a schedule change. Due to forecasted rainstorms moving in late Thursday afternoon, Lion’s home match against UT Tyler will now be at 4:00 pm. 

The Lions come into the match with a 5-3-1 overall record, including a 2-2 record in the Lone Star Conference. UT Tyler is 3-5-0, and 1-3 in conference play. 

Tickets to all Lion home matches are available for purchase at WeAreLionsTix.com, by calling (903) 468-8756, by visiting the Lion Sales & Service Box Office in the Field House during business hours, or by purchase at the gates of the Lion Soccer Field. 

Further schedule updates are on LionAthletics.com and the Lion Soccer Twitter page (@Lion_WSOC).

 

Brandi Stalder named Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week

COMMERCE– Texas A&M University-Commerce cross country runner Brandi Stalder has been named the Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week by Lion Athletics. 

Stalder– a senior from Sanger– placed ninth overall at the Chile Pepper Festival last week in a stacked field. It was her seventh career top-10 finish as a cross country student-athlete. Stalder posted a time of 18:27.3, setting a season-best time by more than 22 seconds, and was just off her career-best 5K time. 

The Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week will be awarded by Lion Athletics each week during the academic year, with the Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Month selected from those winners. 

2019-20 UNDER ARMOUR STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Sept. 10 – Timon Kemboi, Men’s Cross Country

Sept. 17 – E.J. Thompson, Football

Sept. 24 – Cora Welch, Soccer

Oct. 1 – Sydney Andersen, Volleyball

Oct. 8 – Brandi Stalder, Women’s Cross Country

Lion Football ranked No. 20 in the latest AFCA poll.

WACO– The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team is ranked No. 20 in this week’s American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll as announced by the AFCA on Monday. 

The Lions defeated A&M-Kingsville 33-6 on the road on Saturday, improving to 2-0 against Lone Star Conference opponents and 4-1 on the year. The Lions scored the final 23 points of the game. 

Five A&M-Commerce opponents in 2019 are ranked in the top 25 or receiving votes. Tarleton held at No. 4 in the nation, while CSU-Pueblo jumped to No. 17 this week. Angelo State, West Texas A&M, and Eastern New Mexico are all receiving votes in the poll. 

A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 58 consecutive AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll. It is A&M-Commerce’s 64th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000. 

In the polls recognized by Division II as the top rating system, the Lions have been known as a nationally ranked team 113 times since joining Division II in 1981. 

The Lions return home to face rival Midwestern State as part of Hall of Fame and Letterwinners’ weekend. The game will be played at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium and will be televised nationally on ESPN3 as part of the NCAA Division II Football Showcase series. Tickets for the game are available at the box office, online at WeAreLionsTix.com, or by calling (903) 468-8756. 

2019 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll (Oct. 7, 2019).

Rk. School (1st Place) Rec. Pts. Prev.
1 Valdosta State (30) 5-0 797 1
2 Ferris State (1) 5-0 761 2
3 Minnesota State 5-0 733 3
4 Tarleton (1) 5-0 708 4
5t. Notre Dame (Ohio) 5-0 633 5
5t. Ouachita Baptist 5-0 633 6
7 Northwest Missouri State 5-0 610 7
8 Lenoir-Rhyne 5-0 587 8
9 Slippery Rock 5-0 524 10
10 Indianapolis 5-0 523 11
11 Colorado School of Mines 5-0 486 13
12 West Chester 5-0 411 14
13 Pittsburg State 5-0 406 15
14 Wingate 5-0 362 16
15 Central Missouri 5-0 352 17
16 Indiana (Pa.) 5-0 288 19
17 Colorado State-Pueblo 4-1 262 18
18 Bowie State 5-0 236 20
19 Grand Valley State 4-1 211 9
20 A&M-COMMERCE 4-1 174 21
21 Kutztown 5-0 161 24
22 Harding 4-1 158 22
23 Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 127 12
24 Truman State 5-0 101 NR
25 West Florida 4-1 53 NR


Others Receiving Votes: Angelo State, 44; Virginia Union, 19; East Stroudsburg, 13; West Texas A&M, 8; Carson-Newman, 7; Ashland, 5; Eastern New Mexico, 2; Henderson State, 2; Dixie State, 1; Missouri S&T, 1; Saginaw Valley State, 1