Pena goal lifts W-Soccer to 1-0 win

Calverley leads V-Ballers with 73 assists, team splits pair

WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- All four fall athletic teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University were in action on Saturday afternoon, combining for a pair of wins in five games.

The women’s soccer team and the volleyball squad came through with big, home victories.

The Lady Lions soccer unit snapped a long losing skid in their season finale, while Team Lioness split a doubleheader in the Sheaffer Center to continue an impressive mark for success.

Here is a brief summary of each of the results. What will follow is a chronological review (posted by Sunday) of each individual game, complete with a breakdown of SAGU highlights.

Fans seeking immediate details can visit the NAIA website and visit your sport of choice (left column), and then clicking on statistics (right column), confirming the sport (SAGU is in Division I) before locating the conference in which Southwestern competes; volleyball and soccer are in the Red River Athletic Conference, football in the Central States Football League.

Arriving at the home page of each conference, click on Southwestern and find a wealth of information. From the team schedule link, select the game score, which, if underlined, will open the box score of the game.

Volleyball

Southwestern (16-11) defeated Mid-American Christian University (5-22) in a best-of-five match, 3-1; winning the first two games, 25-10, 25-15, falling 17-25, then clinching in a 25-15 verdict.

Junior Caitlyn Hudson smashed 13 kills and hit .237 to lead a group of five attackers with six or more kills, while sophomore setter Taylor Calverley  registered 40 assists.

The Lady Lions, who play a 30-match schedule this autumn, won for the 16th time, guaranteeing a winning record in the regular season for the seventh successive season under head coach Hank Moore.

After thumping the Lady Evangels at 11am, SAGU then met 34th ranked Southern Nazarene University at 5:00pm. The Crimson Storm (22-5) took all three sets; 20-25, 14-25 and 24-26.

Senior Krystal Cisneros and freshman Jessica Sodich  hammered nine and eight kills respectively, while Calverley bagged 33 assists. Senior Tina Brown made 17 digs.

Women’s Soccer

SAGU (3-13, 1-8 in RRAC) shutout Huston-Tillotson University (4-13-2, 1-8-1 in RRAC), 1-0, at the Lions’ Pride Park. Junior Natalie Pena (PAIN-ya) scored the winner in 47th minute on an assist from freshman Amy Lambdin. Haley Shingleton , a freshman goal-keeper, was credited with three saves. The Lady Lions dominated play, evidenced by a 19-4 edge in shots.

The triumph snapped an 11-game losing streak and capped the season in winning style. Lady Lions went 1-15-1 last year, scoring 7 and yielding 58. This year they have scored 13 and surrendered 48.

It was “Senior Day,” as Southwestern paid tribute to a threesome; Daniela Garcia, Kendall Murders and Victoria Munoz, during a pre-game ceremony.

Men's Soccer

The Lions battled ferociously against the RRAC-leading Huston-Tillotson University before coming up short, 3-1, in a positive litmus test heading into post-season play.

Tillotson (15-2-1, 10-1 RRAC), from Austin, broke a 1-1 tie with a penalty kick enroute to clinching the Red River championship.

SAGU had tied the score, 1-1, on a sensational header by sophomore Joe Ballah header. The first half goal was assisted by both Danny Martinez and Parker Sturgeon. An indication of the Lions’ effort was the slight advantage the Rams held in shots; 11-10.

The Lions will host the NCCAA Central Regional tournament during November 17-19.

A Senior Day ceremony preceded the match, featuring Sam Cabrera, Alex Vazquez and David A. Flores.

Football

The Lions extended a 14-0 lead to 31-20 early in the third quarter before succumbing to Northwestern Oklahoma State University, 62-39, in Alva, Oklahoma.

Senior QB Jason Rice rushed for 90-yards and a pair of touchdowns and passed for 102 and a 60-yard scoring strike to freshman WR Max Whitfield. SAGU led 17-7 after the first quarter. Sophomore QB Reid Golson hit 9-of-13 throws for 120 and two second half TD’s; 75 and 9-yards to senior WR David Howard.

Southwestern (3-6 overall, 0-3 in the CSFL), who led 24-20 at the half, racked up 415 yards of total offense. Two lost fumbles during the third period swung the momentum to the Rangers (4-5, 3-2 CSFL).

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.