SAGU to host NCCAA Soccer Regionals
Lions, Lady Lions in 12-team field
Both Southwestern teams play on Thursday, Nov. 17
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University will serve as host to both the men’s and women’s soccer Central Regional tournaments for the National Christian College Athletic Association next week, November 17-19.
There are 104 institutions in the NCCAA, and, along with SAGU, 63 are in Division I.
A total of twelve teams, six men’s and six women’s, will be competing for two berths in the NCCAA Nationals. That event will take place November 30 through December 3 at the Austin-Tindall Soccer Complex in Orlando (Kissimmee), Florida.
Each of Southwestern’s teams will don the purple and gold and participate in the single-elimination tourney. By entering the Central Regional, both squads will benefit by the extended weeks of practice as well as playing for the right to advance deeper into the post-season.
The entire tournament will take place on campus. Besides games taking place at Pride Park, the adjacent soccer practice field and part of the connecting football practice surface will comprise a second pitch for a select number of matches.
Admission is free and the general public is welcome to attend. Concessions will be available and tournament program will list the rosters of all 12 teams.
SAGU vs Southwestern Christian, Thursday at 2:30pm
The SAGU men’s team, with a 7-7-4 (won-lost-tied) record, is the #6 seed. They are pitted against the #3 seed, Southwestern Christian University (Ok). The two squads will meet for the second time this year in a Thursday quarterfinal at 2:30pm. A double overtime 2-2 tie was the result from their August 30 clash in Bethany, Oklahoma.
Provided the Lions eliminate SWCU, they will tangle with #2 Mid-America Christian University at 9:30am on Friday. The Evangels topped SAGU, 3-1, on August 24.
The men’s championship takes place on Saturday at 2:30pm.
SAGU Lady Lions vs CBC, Thursday at noon
The Lady Lions (3-13-0) received the #5 seed. They drew #4 Central Baptist College (Ark) at 12:00 on Thursday. The Lady Mustangs edged SAGU on September 5, 2-1. A win would qualify for SAGU for Friday date with #1 seed Mid-America Christian University, also at high noon. The Lady Evangels took their prior meeting (Aug. 24) by a 3-0 count.
The women’s championship takes place on Saturday at mid-day.
A tournament preview will be posted next week.