Busy homestand for SAGU teams
Soccer, V-Ball play host to OLLU, UTB
Football Lions travel to Langston, Oklahoma
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- As students prepare for the upcoming Fall-Break weekend, athletic teams at Southwestern Assemblies of God University have a schedule chocked full of home games. Seven contests are on tap, all but one of them slated to be played on campus.
Here’s a preview of the Lions’ 3-day menu:
Thursday, October 13
Women’s Soccer - The Lady Lions (2-9, 0-4 in RRAC), who have not played in twelve days, return to the pitch for a league match against San Antonio’s Our Lady of the Lake University (9-4, 4-0).
The 1:00pm matinee features two squads rolling in different directions; the Lady Lions have dropped seven in a row, while the Saints ride into town on a 5-game winning streak. SAGU has not scored in six of their previous seven, while OLLU has blanked four teams during their most recent five-set.
Men’s Soccer - The Lions (5-5-3, 3-2-1) had been rolling along until going winless last week. They are currently in fifth place and will have their hands full as Our Lady of the Lake (8-3-1, 5-0 in RRAC) visits for a 3:00pm game.
OLLU is one-half game behind first place Huston-Tillotson (10-2, 6-0 in RRAC), and have outscored their enemy 24-2 during their current string of six consecutive wins. The Saints won last year in Mission City by a 4-1 count.
Friday, October 14
Volleyball - The Lady Lions have a pair of home tilts this weekend against two of the top teams in the Red River Athletic Conference. They open by hosting Our Lady of the Lake in a best-of-five match on Friday at 7:00pm. SAGU and OLLU are tied in third place with 3-1 league records.
The rebuilding Lady Saints are only 4-16 overall, but have begun to gel with an influx of newcomers. Prior to the start of the RRAC season the Halos played nine nationally-rated teams. Minus four All-Conference players from last fall, that was a tall order for a young team. They have regrouped and have swept three Red River teams to 'right their ship.'
The team is led by captain and first-team All-Conference player, Liza Rodriguez, as well as senior all-conference players Elyse Escobar and Tasha Yancey and junior all-conference Desirea Aguilar.
Standouts and newcomers to the squad are 6’3 Margaret Nurse, who leads the team in kills and freshman 5’8 Bryttany Willoughby, who leads the team in defense.
Last year the Saints swept the two matches with Southwestern; winning 3-1 at SAGU and 3-0 in San Antone.
The Lady Lions have been "hotter than a half-chewed jalapeno" in smoking seven successive matches by a combined 21-1 in games. They will be playing sans a pair of starters.
Reportedly, both senior Krystal Cisneros (El Paso, Tx / Del Valle HS) and sophomore Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) will remain out with ankle injuries. They are #3 and #4 on the team in kills, and are #1 and #2 in blocks. SAGU is 14-8 overall.
Sweetest Day Saturday, October 15
Volleyball - The Lady Lions will entertain the University of Texas at Brownsville in an 11:00am match. SAGU enters the best-of-five clash with the Scorpions with a team hitting percentage of .187 that gives SAGU a chance to hand UTB a defeat on the hardwood. Coupled with a defense that has limited to foes to only .147 hitting and has a whopping 300-233 advantage in blocks, the Lady Lions will contend with the orange-clad Stingers.
Statistically the Lady Lions top five hitters have combined to rack up 823 kills, compared to UTB's 709. SAGU leads the entire conference in kills (948) while the Scorpions are fifth best (826). Jessica Sodich (Ovilla, Tx / Ovilla Christian) has equalled UTB's Danica Markovic with 213 kills this fall.
Women’s Soccer - SAGU welcomes UT-Brownsville to Pride Park for an 11:00am contest. The Scorpions have made a “far trek” from the border, a 450-mile jaunt, for two games this weekend. The second is against the Lady Lions.
UTB is in the RRAC catbird seat with a 9-2-1 record (4-0 in RRAC).
During their present 7-game win streak they have outscored the opposition by a 38-3 margin. The Lady Lions, struggling with injuries and in their offensive attack, play the league’s top teams this weekend.
Men’s Soccer - The Lions had a 2-2 second half tie with UTB two years ago before losing 5-2. The Stingers (7-3-2, 5-0-1 in RRAC) are one of three teams in the conference who have yet to suffer a defeat (Huston-Tillotson and OLLU are 6-0 and 5-0).
UTB tied Texas Wesleyan, 1-1, twelve days ago. Since then the Orange have thumped Texas College, 6-1, and Bacone College, 5-1. Saturday’s dual is slated for a 1:00pm start time.
Football - The only Southwestern team on the road are the Lions. At 3-3, they will need to get off to another good start to increase their chances against a Langston University (4-2) team they have never beaten.
SAGU has played incredibly well in the first half the past two weeks. They led #14 ranked Bethany College 14-9 in the opener, then built a 14-3 advantage over Howard Payne University in the second game. Jumping to a fast 7-0 lead on the road at Austin College keyed a SAGU win. A sluggish start was overcome in Kansas in a rout against Haskell University. Facing the then-ranked #10 Southern Nazarene University, the Lions vaulted to a 14-0 lead that easily could've grown to 28-0 had they cashed in their opportunities. Last Saturday against Bacone College the Jungle Kings roared for a 21-0 lead after just one quarter.
The Big Cats led Langston midway in the fourth quarter last year, 27-22, before falling, 41-27.
The LU Lions are expecting a homecoming crowd in excess of 20,000. Kickoff at Anderson Stadium in Langston, Oklahoma (247 miles north of Waxahachie) is set for 2:00pm.
Next week the SAGU sports calendar offers a reversal mode of this week’s agenda. October 20-22 will have only the football Lions for homecoming, while the other six games – featuring the volleyball and soccer teams, are all out of town.