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Summary of Weekend Results
Lady Lions roll to 7th straight, now 14-8
Three of the four athletic teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University were in action this weekend. The results were mixed with narrow victories, big wins and a pair of comebacks that saw the Lions edged at the end.
A quick summary that saw the Volleyball Lady Lions sweep two matches, the Men’s Soccer Lions yield a late goal in the narrowest of setbacks, and the Football Lions falling in overtime.
Detailed reviews of each will be posted Sunday.
The Lady Lions played a Saturday doubleheader in Oklahoma City. They battled hard and took three straight games to sweep Mid-America Christian University, 3-0; 25-22, 25-21 and 27-25. The Lady Evangels (4-15) are in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
SAGU whisked aside Southwestern Christian University for the second time this week, both times by a 3-0 count. On Saturday the Lady Lions took the best-of-five match with game scores of 25-14, 25-23 and 25-10. The Lady Eagles (8-11) are from the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.
In both victories SAGU was led by familiar players. Caitlyn Hudson crushed 12 kills and hit .385 against MACU. Amanda Laney had nine and Jessie Giese added eight. Taylor Calverley set-up teammates with 32 assists.
Cruising past SCU, Jessica Sodich nailed 14 kills and Hudson pounded nine. Calverley set the table with 35 helpers while Laura Espinoza scooped up 25 digs.
SAGU has now won seven consecutive matches to improve their overall record to 14-8. They are in a tie for third place in the Red River Athletic Conference at 3-1. They have two home dates next weekend.
Southwestern surrendered a goal with five minutes remaining to suffer a 2-1 loss at the hands of the visiting University of St. Thomas. After a recent hot stretch where the Lions won three huge games in a row, they went 0-1-1 this week.
Danny Martinez, however, scored his 10th goal of the season on a splendid assist from Parker Sturgeon. Both players are among the leaders in the RRAC at their craft. Martinez put SAGU ahead at intermission, 1-0. The Celts (3-6-1) rallied with two second half goals to get the victory.
Southwestern, now 5-5-3, remain in fifth place in the Red River at 3-2-1. Of their final five games, four are against the top 5 teams, beginning with two home tilts this coming week.
In a tale of two halves, the Lions were upset by Bacone College, 44-38, in overtime on Saturday. Southwestern now sports a 3-3 overall record and fell to 0-2 in the Central States Football League.
Behind three first half TD’s by Cade Leuschner , the Gold Domers took a 28-3 lead into the locker room. A 24-yard fumble return by safety Joey Vinson with five minutes remaining in the third quarter extended their mastery over the Warriors to 38-3.
Bacone (2-5, 1-1 in CSFL) brought backup QB George Montgomery off the bench and he sparked a historic comeback. He threw 4 touchdown passes, including one that knotted the score at 38 with 0:21 left in the game. Fittingly, he scampered in from two yards out for the game-winner in overtime.
The Lions travel to play Langston University on Saturday. LU’s Lions (4-2, 2-0 in CSFL) defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State 41-23.
Southern Nazarene (5-1, 1-1), who were ranked #10 in the nation; fell at Northwestern Oklahoma State, 28-12. The Rangers (3-3, 2-0) now control the CSFL.