The No. 2-ranked Tyler Junior College Apaches scored a 4-0 victory over No. 12 Jefferson (Missouri) Friday night at Pat Hartley Field.

The Apaches improve to 3-0 on the season, while the Vikings fall to 1-2.

“I thought our defense did a good job,” TJC coach Steve Clements said. “We are headed in the right direction, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”

Yazeed Matthews, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, led the Apaches with two goals.

Matthews scored his first goal off an assist from Paul Odendahl, a freshman from Meersbusch, Germany, in the 32nd minute of the first half.

TJC led 1-0 until the 38th minute of the second half when Rooby Dalusma, a sophomore from Douglasville, Georgia, scored on a rebound off the Vikings’ keeper.

Ten minutes later Matthews scored his second goal. Dalusma assisted.

The Apaches’ fourth goal was from Eric Cruz, a freshman from Atlanta, Georgia. Odendahl assisted.

William Diaz, a sophomore from Vancouver, British Columbia, had the third clean sheet, the third shutout for the Apaches.

TJC had 14 shots, including seven shots on a goal. The Vikings had four shots. Both teams had three cornerkicks.

The Apaches now head to south Texas for a couple of Region XIV conference games - 1 p.m. Sept. 9 against Coastal Bend College in Beeville and 1 p.m. Sept. 10 against Laredo Community College in Laredo.

TJC’s next home game is Sept. 16 against Northeast Texas Community College.


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