Teams play nine games; just two at home

Plus: a Guide for fans seeking to follow the action

lions-head-soloWAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The fall semester's sports menu at Southwestern Assemblies of God University is chocked full.

Athletic teams who don the purple and gold will play 102 games or matches by mid-December. Forty-one of them will be played at home, while the remaining 61 are on the road.

This week six of SAGU’s ten teams will be in action. Nine games are on the slate, but only two are at home.

The volleyball team has enjoyed winning regular seasons during each of the past eight years. The football team has been steadily rising, and has produced 4-win seasons three times in the past five years, including both 2011 and 2012.

The soccer teams, men and women, as well as the newest sport; cross country and their men’s and women’s teams are anxious to produce successful campaigns.

Here’s an overview:

Wednesday – September 4, 2013

Women’s Soccer at HOME. The Lady Lions play host to Johnson & Wales University, from Denver, who just began their inaugural season. It will be played on campus, behind the Sheaffer Center, at 1:00pm.

Come and cheer or follow Twitter updates at the new handle: @SAGUSportsNet.

Thursday – Sept. 5

The premiere of the new weekly coaches show, The War Room, makes its debut on-line that night. Don’t miss it!  The six coaches and President Kermit Bridges all appear together in a forum with the host, Rob Price.fans-at-lumpkins-2012-mm

Watch it with friends at 6:00pm (CST) on SAGU.tv. It will be repeated at 10:00pm that night. Popcorn is optional.

The War Room, which will be aired every week, is re-broadcast on Friday at 7pm and 10pm and Saturday morning at 11am.

Friday – Sept. 6

The VBall squad competes in Sherman, Texas at the Austin College Classic. They play twice on Thursday and are booked for two more on Saturday.

At 2pm they meet Southwestern University, of Georgetown, Tx, and then take on the University of Dallas at 6pm.

Saturday – Sept. 7

All six teams play in a super-charged Saturday, but only one is at home.

The football Lions kickoff with Bethany College, of Lindsborg, Kansas. The Swedes visit for a second straight year. Both teams also introduce new helmet colors and logos.

It begins with a noon kickoff at Midlothian Stadium, which is just eleven miles from Waxahachie along highway 287. The facility features a sunken bowl that seats 8,000 and includes a video replay board.

The day starts at 8am for the cross country teams. They are entered in a tournament being hosted by McMurry University in Abilene, Tx.

In Sherman, 95 miles north, the VBall netters begin at 9am with Austin College. Two hours later they square off against Sul Ross State University (Tx). All of their matches are best-three-of-five.

The soccer teams play a doubleheader 325 miles away in Pineville, Louisiana. The Lady Lions and Lions are set for noon and 2pm starts with Louisiana College.

Fans Guide

Game Day Previews of the action are posted with stories on the SAGU Athletic website, where reviews will follow.

Fans should make sure they visit the Facebook fan page, SAGU Sports Network, and ‘Like’ it. It opened in July and has over 600 likes already.

There you will find video clips, interviews, Instagram photos, and links to the new Twitter account and SAGU Sports Network on YouTube.

Tweets will inform fans of score updates and headline news.

Watch the website this week for an informational story on the SAGU Sports Network and its exciting plans for this year. It will include details of the addition of the Sister Schools Scoreboard.

Summary

Wednesday: Women’s Soccer at home, 1pm, vs. Johnson & Wales
Thursday: The War Room premieres at 6pm and 10pm on SAGU TV.
Friday: VBall plays in a tourney in Sherman, Tx at 2pm and 6pm
Saturday: Cross Country in Abilene at 8am, VBall in Sherman at 9am and 11am. Football plays at Midlothian Stadium at noon. Women/Men Soccer plays in Louisiana at noon and 2pm.

The football game will be broadcast in HD by SAGU Sports Live. The pre-game show will be on the air at 11:45am. Rob Price is the host and play-by-play man, while Sports Information Director, Mark “Link” Warde, returns to supply color.