Men's Soccer, Volleyball teams shine

Football Lions host Bacone on Saturday

 

WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Powered by unbeaten weeks by both the men’s soccer and the volleyball team, Southwestern Assemblies of God University athletic teams enjoyed another successful week in action!

The busiest of seasons, the fall, has football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball playing over 70 games in their combined schedules. Added to that, the baseball and softball teams are in training, preparing for their winter and spring seasons! Plus, men’s and women’s basketball have begun preparing for the start of their 2011-12 campaigns.

It makes for an incredibly busy SAGU athletic family, and especially Jaroy Carpenter and the Sports Medicine team of trainers!

Here’s a summary of this past week on Southwestern sports scene.

Men’s Soccer

The Lions capped an excellent week with a 5-2 win over Texas College at Pride Park on Saturday. Coach Gerald Nichols’ squad broke a 2-2 halftime deadlock with a dominating second stanza for their third straight triumph.

Their most memorable goal was a splendid cornerkick. Freshman Parker Sturgeon lifted a hook to the mouth of the goal, where Danny Martinez headed the ball past the Steers’ keeper. For Martinez, it was his team-leading eighth goal of the season.

SAGU is now 5-4-2 on the season, including 3-1 in the RRAC. The ‘Cats are in 5th place in the 12-team league. The four teams currently ahead of the Lions have yet to lose a conference match.

The Lions’ next four dates are all at home. This week they play Wiley College (0-4, 0-4 in RRAC) on Thursday and St. Thomas (2-5-1, 2-2) on Saturday, both at 3:00pm.

A full report on Saturday’s win over Texas College will be on-line today.

Volleyball

The Lady Lions have rebounded very well after starting the conference season with a loss. Since then they have reeled off four consecutive wins. This week, Coach Hank Moore’s team went 3-0 and has moved into third place in the 10-team Red River Athletic Conference.

After sweeping the University of Dallas in three close games on Tuesday, they routed Huston-Tillotson University in Austin on Friday, 3-0. Saturday saw the Lady Lions put together a commanding performance by topping St. Thomas, 3-1, in Houston.

The talented Celts had 20 more kills than SAGU (70-50), but Team Purp ’s disciplined, more balanced attack made 21 less hitting errors as they won 27-25 and 25-16, lost 18-25, then polished off the match with a 25-20 win.

Jessica Sodich led the way with a dozen kills. Kassy Cox and Amanda Laney had 11 and nine respectively. Laura Espinoza piled up 24 digs. Taylor Calverley had 38 assists and twelve digs.

On a bad note, the team lost perhaps their best player, Krystal Cisneros, to an ankle injury in the first game versus UST. Winning without her made the triumph even more impressive.

In their sweep of Huston-Tillotson, Caitlyn Hudson powered the team by leading them in kills (9) for the fourth straight match.

Now 11-8 overall and 3-1 in the RRAC, the Lady Lions play at home on Tuesday against Southwestern Christian University (Ok) on Tuesday at 7:00pm. The match against the Lady Eagles (7-8) will be broadcast by SAGU Sports Live. The Eagles are currently in last place in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Women’s Soccer

The Lady Lions continue to play well together, defensively. Their offensive draught has kept them out of the win column, where goals have been in short supply. On Saturday they yielded a lone goal in the 76th minute to suffer a 1-0 loss to Texas College. They lost on Thursday to Bacone College by a 3-0 count.

Southwestern is battling with two other teams to stay out of the RRAC cellar.

At 2-9 overall and 0-4 in the Red River, the team has an off-week before returning to action on October 13 against Our Lady of the Lake University. That game will be played at home.

Football

The Lions, despite a strong start in which they grabbed a 14-0 lead, finished on the wrong side of a 56-17 setback at the hands of 11th ranked Southern Nazarene on Saturday night.

The telling difference in this game against two ranked teams could be summed up in how they capitalized on their opportunities.

SAGU, now 3-2, didn’t cash in on the Crimson Storm’s mistakes, a fumble and a blocked punt in the first half. SNU (5-0) made the Lions pay dearly for their five turnovers, breaking open a close game to lead 28-14 at intermission.

The Storm didn’t score at all in the game’s first 23 minutes, and then erupted for four TD’s in less than seven minutes. Southern Nazarene showed why they had the NAIA’s #1 ranked offense and #2 ranked defense.

Senior QB Brady Wardlaw  threw for 5 scores and the Crimson Storm returned two interceptions for touchdowns to help provide a misleading final score.

A full report on the game, along with photos, will be posted later.

SAGU will host Bacone College (1-5) next Saturday, October 8, at 6:00pm. The Warriors fell to Langston University on Saturday, 26-15.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde , Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.