Football, Volleyball triumphs highlight weekend results

Rice, Hudson are catalysts for SAGU


Southwestern Assemblies of God University enjoyed several key wins this weekend in collegiate athletics. A report of each game will be posted tonight. However, a brief summary saw triumphs by the football and volleyball teams on Saturday, and defeats on the road by the soccer squads.

Volleyball (7-7)

The Lady Lions, who upset John Brown University (10-5 record) in Arkansas on Friday night, three games to two, swept Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Saturday, 3-0. SAGU now has a .500 record (7-7) heading into their conference season, which begins on Tuesday in Fort Worth against Texas Wesleyan University.

They defeated OKWU (10-7 record) with scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-19. Caitlyn Hudson starred by leading the team in both kills (10) and digs (11), reaching double-figures in each. Krystal Cisneros hit .400 in the match, in which Taylor Calverley had 26 assists. Laura Espinoza and Tina Brown were credited with 10 digs apiece.

Football (2-1)

Behind the hot hand of senior QB Jason Rice and a defense that scored twice, the Lions crushed Austin College, 35-13, in Sherman, Texas. The ‘Roos had defeated SAGU in 4-of-their-5 previous meetings.

Rice started the game by completing his first 13 passes and finished 18 of 26 for 238 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His TD’s covered 50 and 31 yards, both to Micah Burditt . He added 63 yards on the ground as SAGU outgained Austin College by a 435-281 margin.

O’Shae Cofer  and Therian Lewis each converted a turnover into a TD, giving the unit four scores in three games. Reid Golson scored on a short run to give the Lions a 28-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The defense, which entered the contest ranked #16 in the NAIA, was impressive throughout. Brad Heathcock led with nine tackles, followed by outstanding play by three linebackers; Quentin Holloman , Richard Embry and Nathan Kallal , who had 8, 7 and 6 stops apiece. Embry, Lewis and Patrick Smith all had QB sacks.

Women’s Soccer (2-5)

The Lady Lions were blanked by the University of Houston at Victoria, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon. SAGU was outshot by an 18-5 count. The game was played in constant rain and was interrupted once due to local lightning.

The Jags (5-3 record) scored on a penalty kick in the game’s third minute, which turned out to be the winning goal.

Jessica Powell, Dani Garcia and Noelle Pugliese had the Purple Pride's shots on goal. Haley Shingleton was solid between the pipes for SAGU, who trailed 2-0 at intermission.

Men’s Soccer (2-3-2)

Southwestern came up on the short-end of a 3-0 setback to the UH-Victoria Jaguars in a game that was called after only 72 minutes on account of darkness. The game had been stopped previously due to thunderstorm activity.

The Lions and Jaguars (7-1 record) battled fairly evenly for much of the match, with the game’s only score being an own-goal by SAGU through the first 45 minutes. Each teams had three corner-kicks, and UHV was called for 11 fouls and a pair of yellow cards to the Lions’ 8 fouls and zero cards.

Danny Martinez, Manny Paz and Carlos Gonzalez each getting quality shots on goal.