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Soccer Team Erupts for Big Road Win

KEENE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University womens soccer team rolled to an 8-0 triumph Thursday evening over Southwestern Adventist University with seven different players delivering goals.

Sophomore Natalie Horton (Corsicana, Tx / Corsicana HS) led the scoring parade with a pair of tallies, giving her three on the season. After weeks of struggling to finish offensive plays with a quality shot that ends in the net, the Lady Lions broke through early and often.

Perla Acosta (Houston, Tx / Klein Forest HS), a 5-foot-3 freshman, added a goal and two assists as Team Lioness improved their record to 2-7. It was their final tune-up before the start of the conference season. SAGU has been on the short-end of a number of one-goal defeats, including four 1-0 setbacks that were filled with near certain goals.

Head Coach Tim Grant had been encouraged by the team's effort and sensed they would soon be rewarded. They were on Thursday in Keene, which is south of Fort Worth.

Others who scored included senior Madison Wells (Farmers Branch, Tx / R.L. Turner HS) and freshman Noelle Pugliese (Lee's Summit, Mo / Lee's Summit North HS), both with a goal and an assist on another. Daniela Garcia (Tuscon, Az / Rio Rico HS) one of last year's top offensive players, also sent a kick that eluded the Lady Knights' goalie. Garcia was cleared this week to return to active status after missing several weeks with an injured ankle. Her presence gives Southwestern Assemblies another threat. Her speed on the flanks and her known competitive fire were welcome this week.

So aggressive were the Lady Lions that they a season-high six corner kicks and had a 17 shot advantage over Southwestern Adventist. The defense controlled the pace of the game from the midfield area, seldom allowing a drive into SAGU territory. Senior keeper Tracy Griffin (Wylie, Tx / Wylie HS) got credited with the shutout, though hardly tested. It was her second on the season. The first came in a 2-0 win over Southwestern College (Kansas) on September 6.

With the game's outcome no longer in doubt, Coach Grant sent Griffin on the opposite end of the field, freed from her residence between the pipes. She played at midfield and as a forward, where she managed to get off four shots.

Scoring was Sweet for Sisters

The win also witnessed a goal apiece by the squad's Powell sisters, their first on the same day for SAGU. Senior Sarah Powell and sophomore Jessica Powell, both defenders, found the range as they converted scoring opportunities. The pair are from Terrell, Texas and are graduates of Terrell High School.

Nicole Martinez (Cortiz, Colo / Montezuma HS) added an assist in the scoring binge.

Next Game: September 30

SAGU returns to action on Thursday, September 30, with a home game against Northwood University. It will be the first of nine regular season contests against a fellow member from the Red River Athletic Conference. That game has a 1:00pm start time.

The Northwood Knights, currently 3-2-1, are from nearby Cedar Hill, a suburb west of DeSoto and south of Duncanville.

The Lady Lions also have a home game two days later, Saturday, October 2, against LSU-Shreveport, at 11am. The Lady Pilots, 3-3, are new to the conference.