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NCCAA Soccer Regional results
Southwestern picks up thrilling wins in soccer, v-ball
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- It was a pressure-packed Thursday in athletic events related to Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Thursday afternoon. Here is a summary of the action and a preview of the Friday and Saturday schedule.
NCCAA REGIONAL SOCCER: SAGU hosts 12-teams
Four games highly competitive, defensive matches were played at Lions Park. Winners survived to play the following day, while those on the other side of the higher score finished their respective seasons.
Central Christian College (Ks) 2-0 over Colorado Christian Univ
The Tigers scored two second half goals to win on a chilly fall morning. Forward Joshua Nuckols had one goal and assisted on a score by Ronnie Rocha to lift Central Christian to a 2-0 triumph over Colorado Christian.
It took until the second stanza for the Big Cats to find an answer for the Cougars goalie David Ilgenfritz, who was spectacular all afternoon between the pipes. Three great, first half saves by the diving or sliding keeper thwarted the black-cladded Tigers, who outshot Colorado Christian by a 15-8 margin.
Central won the possession game but found a very resistant, five and six man defensive wall a tough minefield to navigate.
The match had the feel of an upset despite the Tigers superior record.
CCC, now 12-6-1, advances to face top-seeded Central Baptist College (Ark) at 2:30pm on Friday. The Mustangs tote a 9-8-1 ledger.
The Weather Channel has forecasted a sunny sky with a high of 68. Zero percent chance of rain. Saturday is shaping up to reach 77 with a 20% chance of isolated showers.
Southwestern Assemblies (Tx) defeated Southwestern Christian, 2-1
A spirited and physically-contested match wasn’t decided until the 83rd minute. That’s when SAGU’s Alex Vazquez booted a penalty kick (he's 5-for-5 this year in PK's) just inside the right post (82:53) to break a 1-1 tie and allow the Lions to advance to the Central Region’s semi-finals.
SCU (5-10-4) scored the equalizer a minute earlier. Ally Sandercock sent a cornerkick into a crowd of players in the goal mouth. Adam Kay controlled the ball and put a low shot to the right that evaded SAGU goalie Cesar Galvan .
The hard-pressing Eagles had a huge edge in cornerkicks, 12-3, but struggled to finish several opportunities. A combative contest saw SCU’s size advantage challenged by the quicker SAGU Lions, both teams put just seven shots on goal. A limited number of fouls were assessed; nine against SCU, eight cited against Southwestern.
SAGU got a goal at 6:19 when Danny Martinez connected with Parker Sturgeon on a through-ball at the edge of the box. Sturgeon deked past a defender, then sent a left-footed blast into the net.
The Lions controlled play with an effective passing game until a feverish ‘Convocation’ rallied after halftime.
The game was eerily similar to their first meeting in August when the two squads battled to a double-overtime 2-2 draw in Oklahoma.
In winning their first-ever post-season game, the Lions (8-7-4) move on to face #2 seeded Mid-America Christian University at 9:30am on Friday. The Evangels topped SAGU earlier this season, 3-1.
Colorado Christian blanks Southwestern Christian, 3-0
The Lady Cougars pulled away from a close contest with a pair of tallies after intermission to eliminate Southwestern Christian University (Okla) with a 3-0 verdict.
Abby Larson cashed in on a Megan Gilchrest at the 6:50 mark, before the Eagles mounted a surge during the remainder of the first half. They couldn’t capitalize on a few chances to tie the Coogs , and it would cost them. Colorado Christian elevated their play at halftime and ended the match with a solid 20-5 advantage in shots on goal.
The Eagles netminder, Amy Witt, kept her team in the game with 11 saves.
An unassisted goal by Krista Hoffer gave CCU a decisive edge in momentum. Ciara Meredith polished off the Eagles with a goal in the last minutes, thanks to an assist from Kelsey Ivers .
The victory sends Colorado Christian (3-15-1) to a critical semi-final match against the #2 seeded Eagles of Oklahoma Wesleyan University (13-5-1). That game will start the day at 9:30am.
SAGU ekes past Central Baptist in OT shootout
The tourney hosts stunned Central Baptist College (Ark) after the two teams had battled to a double-overtime, 0-0 tie. Even the penalty kick shootout finished in a 4-4 tie, before they won on a kick and save on the sixth try from the 11 meter mark.
Southwestern (4-13-0), who lost to the Mustangs earlier in the season, 2-1, spent much of the game on their heels as CBC carried the control. The Ponies doubled the Lady Lions in shots, 16-8, and in cornerkicks by a wide margin (9-1). The difference was the play of SAGU goalie Haley Shingleton, who had five saves of near-certain scores.
In the later stages of regulation the Lions picked up the pace, playing with a confidence that would peak at the end. Neither team seriously threatened in either of two 10-minute OT’s, bringing about a 5-round shootout to settle the deadlock.
SAGU made their first four PK’s with successful shots by Daniela Ramirez, Jessica Powell, Natalie Pena, and Noelle Pugliese . CBC countered with kicks by Brittany Kemper , Kinsey Morris and Katy Baldridge .
Trailing 4-3 as the teams headed into the fifth round, the Mustangs, who kicked last, had to have a 'stop' on the Lions final attempt. They got it with a save by Leah Crook. Lauren Perry evened the score at 4-4 with a sharp kick.
Additional rounds would be added, as needed, to snap the tie. It would only take one.
Amber Belisle booted it past Crook, setting the stage for the decisive stand by Shingleton. She dove to her left to scoop the Mustangs’ sixth kick, giving SAGU a 5-4 shootout triumph.
They will take on Mid-America Christian University at noon on Friday. The second-seeded Evangels (11-6-1) rolled to an impressive 3-0 win over SAGU in their season opener, outshooting Southwestern by a 20-2 count.
Southwestern thumps MACU, 3-1, at Central Regionals
The Purple Pride, perhaps flat from a long road trip, methodically worked to earn a quarterfinal victory over Mid-America Christian University (Okla), winning three games to one. Coach Hank Moore’s team won the first game against MACU (MACK-yoo), 26-24, then fell 22-25. They regrouped and jousted past the Evangels in the next two sets, 25-17 and 25-16.
A full statistical review will be posted this weekend after a computer glitch at the tourney.
Second-seeded SAGU (20-13) will take on York College (Neb) at 10:00am Friday. Another win will advance the Lady Lions to the semi-finals at 4pm. A triumph at 4 o’clock would move them into Saturday’s mid-day championship.
If the Lions fall to the York Panthers, who are 20-12, they would need to win three times in the loser’s bracket (1pm, 4pm and 7pm) on Friday to get to the noon finals the following day.
Central Christian College is serving as host to the regional in McPherson, Kansas. Nine teams are in Kansas with a berth in the NCCAA Nationals at stake.
That 8-team venue will be played in Kissimmee, Florida during November 30 through December 3.
SAGU faces stern foes in Arkansas tourney
The Lady Lions, 3-1 on the young season, are in Siloam Springs, Arkansas for the John Brown Classic this weekend. SAGU will take on the unbeaten College of the Ozarks at 6:00pm on Friday. The Lady Bobcats are 4-0. Southwestern meets the host John Brown University (1-2) at 3:00pm on Saturday.
Coach Arlon Beadles’ team is led in scoring by Nia Winston, who is scoring at a 14.5 points per game clip. Jirah Rodriguez nets 8.7, while Drea Lugo , Gabby Bruner and Courtney Bolding contribute 7.5, 7.5 and 7.2 ppg. Shaquita Roberts, who is leading the NAIA in blocked shots per game (6 per), is also tops in rebounds with 9.7. Rodriquez grabs 8.7. Winston leads the RRAC in steals, making 4.0 thefts per outing.
Fans can follow the action in several media forms, all available at www.jbu.edu.
SAGU hosts SGU Cavaliers on Saturday
Southwestern welcomes St. Gregory’s University at 7:00pm on Saturday in the Sheaffer Center. The Lions of new head coach Donnie Bostwick have gotten off to a 4-0 start, including a 66-52 win over SGU in Oklahoma two weeks ago. The Cavaliers are 2-1.
The Lions are at home on Monday as well when they entertain Arlington Baptist College at 7:30pm.
SAGU is currently led in scoring by three guards; sophomore guard Dominique Rambo, who has a 19.0 ppg average. Ronald Horne is bucketing 14.7 and Craig Grigsby at 10.0. Rambo leads the NAIA in steals with 5.25 per game. He is distributing the ball to the tune of 4.0 assists per outing.
Duce Ward is atop the rebounding charts by snaring 7.7 per game. Horne is second with 5.25. Four other players are averaging four or more caroms.
SAGU scored 88.4 ppg last year, but yielded 86.6. To date, they are netting just 70.0 ppg. They have yet to get on-track offensively. On the defensive side, however, they permit only 63.2, a marked improvement from last winter.
SAGU TV begins broadcasting home games in January.
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