Wallace State soccer, volleyball teams each win home matches

HANCEVILLE – Wallace State Community College's soccer and volleyball teams breezed in their respective home matches on consecutive days.

For the soccer team, five different players scored goals Tuesday afternoon, guiding the Lions to a comfortable 6-1 victory over Talladega College in their home opener.

Joshua Santos started the scoring barrage for Wallace State, scoring on a free kick at the 17:38 mark in the first half. Roy Dixon Jr. added a goal with 9:14 remaining in the first half, handing the Lions a 2-0 lead.

Wallace State (2-0-1) poured it on after halftime. Twin brothers Anthony Agyin-Birikorang and Andrew Agyin-Birikorang did damage early in the second half, each scoring a goal within 15 seconds of each other.

Dixon added his second goal later in the half and Kofi Forkuoh rounded out the scoring for Wallace State.

"We started out good and steady and created some scoring opportunities in the first half, but we seemed to lack the hunger we need in front of the goal. The goal on the free kick got us going and we got more aggressive in the second half," said Wallace State coach Barry Spitzer. "Anthony and Andrew fed off each other in the second half. We showed that sometimes the best time to score again is right after a made goal. That can catch an opponent off guard because they're still thinking about the previous goal. The fourth goal helped us put it out of reach."

Fatai Alabi had two assists for Wallace State, while Anthony Agyin-Birikorang, Peter Martinez, Garrison Brooks and Travis Mitchell added one apiece.

The team's next match is Saturday at Mississippi College.

"Our team is working hard to get its rhythm and identity down, and I'm optimistic of the things we can do. We had two games postponed over Labor Day weekend, so I'm excited we are playing well since we haven't had a chance to get a lot of games under our belt," Spitzer said.

On Monday, Wallace State's volleyball team, ranked 17th in the NJCAA poll, remained undefeated with a pair of conference victories over Lawson State and Wallace-Selma.

The Lady Lions (13-0, 3-0 Alabama Community College Conference) beat Lawson State 25-9, 25-12, 25-10 and capped the night with a 25-9, 25-15, 25-15 triumph against Wallace-Selma in their ACCC home opener.

In the victory over Lawson State, Lesley Bemis had nine kills and four digs, Bekah Myers and Erica Baker each had six kills, Brooke Beasley finished with 20 assists and four digs, Caelin Light added 13 assists, three aces and two digs, Jessica Coombs had 10 digs and Erica Wicktora contributed seven digs and four kills.

Myers and Wicktora finished with seven kills apiece against Wallace-Selma, Lawson finished with nine digs and three aces and Beasley added 20 assists and five aces.

"I was happy to see other girls step and lead our team in certain stats. Erica Wicktora had the best two matches of her early college career, and I'm pleased with her progress as a player," said Wallace State coach Randy Daniel. "Overall, it was good to win two conference matches. We still have a lot of room for team improvements and need to keep our focus for that to happen."

The two-time defending state champions resume conference action on Thursday, hosting Faulkner State beginning at 4 p.m. at Tom Drake Coliseum.

For more information about Wallace State athletics, visit wallacestate.edu.