Saturday SAGU Sports Ticker
V-Ball, Soccer and Football action results
Martinez golden goal highlights day
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- While the Southwestern Assemblies of God University football team was playing in Lumpkins Stadium before a crowd in the thousands, three other SAGU teams were playing over 500 miles apart.
A brief summary of the results of the Saturday sports activities of the football, volleyball and both the men’s and women’s soccer teams. A complete report, including official statistical reviews, will be posted on Sunday of all four games.
Volleyball: Lady Lions sweep Texas College
TYLER, Texas -- Southwestern (15-11, 4-4 in RRAC) took all three sets against Texas College (4-18, 0-7 in RRAC), 25-14, 25-21 and 25-19 in the Gus. F. Taylor Gym.
A new strategy by head coach Hank Moore paid off. The Lady Lions had their best hitting effort (.308) in eight matches with Krystal Cisneros leading a group of four attackers with 10 kills. Taylor Calverley racked up 38 assists and Caitlyn Hudson was tops in digs with 12.
The team has four remaining matches in the regular season, all of which will be broadcast on SAGU Sports Live, starting with a home doubleheader on Saturday, October 29.
Women’s Soccer: SAGU edged by USW, 3-2
HOBBS, New Mexico -- Five-hundred miles away from Tyler, the Lady Lions and the University of the Southwest played an exciting match that saw both teams play with gusto in a bid for a victory, with the host Mustangs coming away with a 3-2 triumph.
It was USW’s second win in three days after failing to garner a win over their previous seven contests. Southwest is now 4-7-1 overall and 2-5-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference. SAGU is 2-13 and 0-8.
The Lady Lions will wrap-up their season next Saturday, October 29, against Huston-Tillotson University (4-10, 2-6 in the RRAC) at 1:00pm. Head Coach Mandy Fortner will honor her team’s seniors during that match at Pride Park.
Men’s Soccer: Lions Win in Sudden Death
HOBBS, New Mexico -- Junior forward Danny Martinez scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the SAGU Lions a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Southwest Mustangs.
The golden goal came in the fifth minute of overtime and snapped a five-game winless streak for the Jungle Kings, whose regular season record improved to 6-7-4 (won-lost-tied). They are now in 7th place in the RRAC, moving past LSU-Shreveport with a 4-4-2 league mark. To qualify for the Red River Tournament they must finish among the top six teams.
Southwestern will host the RRAC leading Huston-Tillotson University (13-3, 9-1 in RRAC) on Saturday, October 29. SAGU will honor their seniors in the 3pm match at Pride Park.
Football: SAGU falls to Panhandle State, 38-22
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern squandered three scoring chances while the lead was taking bids, allowing Oklahoma Panhandle State to rise up and stake their claim themselves. The visiting Aggies (2-5 record) then seized control and rolled to a 38-22 victory at Lumpkins Stadium. OPSU began the season with five consecutive defeats.
The Lions offense racked up 429 yards, but could only convert 4-of-12 third down plays. Running the ball was successful, though two quarterbacks combined to complete 13 of 32 passes. Twelve penalties for 118 yards negated several big plays or, committed by the defense, enabled Mustang drives to continue.
The game was tied at 7-7 late in the first half before a last minute TD lifted USW into a 14-7 advantage at intermission.
The Lions appeared set to tie the score when they drove inside the Mustangs 20 to start the second half. But a fumbled handoff swung momentum to the Ponies. They led 24-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
QB Kevin Lauchland had his best game of the season, connecting on 19-of-26 passes for 253 yards, and touchdown throws covering nine, 47, eight and 53 yards.
SAGU senior WR David Howard scored twice in his final home game. Howard, who caught six passes for 147-yards, made a pair of tough catches, evaded a tackler and raced down the sideline for TD's that went 18 and 56 yards. QB Reid Golson threw the first, and senior Jason Rice fired the second. The latter led the team in rushing with 81 yards.
Therian Lewis and Brad Heathcock each had eight tackles to lead the defensive charge.
SAGU honored ten seniors at halftime; Jacob Anderson, Richard Embry, Quentin Holloman , David Howard, Jonathan Hulett , Marcus Lester, Nathaniel Pruitt, Jason Rice, Patrick Smith and Joey Vinson.
Southwestern (3-5 overall, 0-3 in the CSFL) who dropped their fourth game in a row, will finish the regular season on the road. They travel to Northwest Oklahoma State (3-5, 2-2) next Saturday, October 29 at 4:00pm (CST). The Rangers lost to Langston University (6-2, 3-0) on Saturday, 42-39.
SAGU finishes against Texas College (0-8, 0-2) on November 12. That game will commence at 2:00pm.
A complete report will be available on Sunday.
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