Friday Sports Shorts
Not OK in Oklahoma
Southwestern teams go 0-4 in Sooner State
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- Three of the four fall sports teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University travelled to central Oklahoma on a windy day only to come away winless.
The Lady Lions volleyball team, who defeated Mid-America Christian University across town on Thursday, three-games-to-one, were swept in the first day of the Oklahoma City University Tournament.
The host OCU Stars caged the Lions, 3-1. They rolled to a 25-16 triumph in the first game, before SAGU rebounded to lay claim to the next set, 25-14. The Stars then came out in broad daylight, shining during 25-20 and 25-19 victories.
Facing MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kansas), who went 30-9 last fall, the Lady Lions lost in three sets; 25-14, 25-17 and 25-21.
They also lost junior Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lukfin HS) to an injury in the first game (against MNU) that left her on crutches. The extent of her setback or the time she'll be out of action will be determined in the coming days. Cox had 12 kills in the first match.
Jessica Sodich (Ovilla, Tx / Ovilla Christian) was one of a few bright spots. The sophomore had 24 total kills in the two matches and had 14 digs against OCU. The three big hitters for SAGU combined for 21 errors in the first game, but just nine against MNU.
Caitlyn Hudson (Mansfield, Tx / Legacy HS) added 10 digs in the MNU match. Junior setter Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep) bagged 56 combined assists, 35 in the first match.
Serving hindered Southwestern in both matches, totalling six aces against 12 errors. The squad hit .131 against OCU and .084 in the Nazarene match.
Soccer teams shutout by MACU
The SAGU men's and women's soccer teams each took it on the chin from MACU on Friday afternoon.
The Lady Evangels broke open a close game at the half enroute to a 5-0 blanking of Team Lioness. MACU has won 28 games over the past two autumns and were a solid favorite over the young Lady Lions.
Mid-America held a 22-5 margin in shots fired, with 12 on goal. SAGU keeper Amber Belisle (Sacramento, Ca / Whitney HS) made seven saves. The Lady Evangels led 2-0 at the break when they took eight of the game's eleven shots.
Of Southwestern's four shots on goal, freshman Audrea Davila (Grand Prairie, Tx / South GP HS) had two.
An upset in the nightcap was not anticipated. MACU pulled off a stunning 1-0 triumph in double overtime.
While the Lions appeared to dominate the control game and appeared in command of a scoreless tie, they couldn't finish a handful of scoring opportunities.
A blast by Parker Sturgeon (Bartlesville, Ok / Bartlesville HS) hit the crossbar with six minutes left in the game. Another Lions shot smacked the Evangels' keeper in the forehead and bounced away.
Danny Martinez (Houston, Tx / Cypress Creek HS) and Joel Ramirez (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) each had great chances to score but didn't finish.
One minute into the second OT, the MACU goalie Tyler McIntosh booted a long ball past midfield as well as Lion defenders. Duncan Mbugua gained control and moved in the final 30 yards and fired in the golden goal.
SAGU outshot the hosts, 19-14, including 10-5 in the first half. The Lions also had a 5-0 advantage in cornerkicks by intermission before finishing with a 7-4 edge. They failed, however, to register a shot in either overtime as the Evangels gained confidence and, later, a big season-opening win.
The frustrated Lions were also cited for seven of the game's nine offsides violations.
Upcoming SAGU Schedule:
The Lady Lions and Lions both will scrimmage Hill College (Hillsboro, Tx) on Tuesday, August 28, at home. The women will play at 3:00pm with the men taking on the Rebels at approximately 5pm. Both SAGU teams host Sterling College (Kansas) next Saturday afternoon, September 1.
SAGU will face Lubbock Christian University (Tx) at 1:00pm on Saturday (Aug. 25) and Tabor College (Ks) at 3pm in Day Two of the OCU Tourney in Oklahoma City.
Once home, the netters will tangle with their rivals, Texas Wesleyan University, in Ft. Worth, on Tuesday night at 7:00pm.
The golden domers have their hands full next Saturday, Sept. 1, when they begin the 2012 campaign at home. SAGU will clash with nationally-ranked Bethany College (Ks) at 6pm at Waxahachie's Lumpkins Stadium.
Last year the Swedes edged the Lions in Lindsborg, 29-21.