SAGU Athletes Report to Camp
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- In preparation for the fall sports season, athletes from four teams report to camp this weekend at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Members of the football, volleyball and both the men’s and women’s soccer teams will be competing to don the Lions’ purple and gold this year.
The sideline of the soccer pitch will see two new head coaches. Mandy Fortner, an assistant the past two years, takes the reins of the women’s soccer team, while Gerald Nichols commences his inaugural campaign leading the men. The Lady Lions and Lions are the first to enter camp today, August 12.
SAGU soccer teams will be adjusting to more than new coaches and record-setting Texas heat. Players open a pair of new practice fields to go along with the Lions home turf.
Added to those factors is the calendar. The teams have an early doubleheader of exhibition matches on Tuesday, August 16, when they travel 240 miles to Snyder to tangle with Western Texas College. The Lady Lions play at 1:00pm while the Lions scrimmage the Westerners at 3:00pm.
The SAGU soccer teams kickoff the regular season on Saturday, Aug. 20, with a pair of home games against Wayland Baptist University. The Lady Lions play the Pioneers at 11:00am before the Lions launch their season at 1:00pm. Admission is free to the public. Southwestern Field is located on campus, just north of the Shaffer Center.
Hansford “Hank” Moore, the dean of Southwestern’s head coaches, starts his eleventh season of directing the women’s volleyball team. Players check in on Sunday.
SAGU has produced a winning regular season record in six consecutive years. The first serve by the Lady Lions takes place in Oklahoma during a tournament on Aug. 26-27 at Southern Nazarene University.
Head Coach and Athletic Director Jesse Godding is beginning his tenth year at the helm of the football Lions, who check in on Monday, August 15. Southwestern will host East Texas Baptist University in a 6:00pm scrimmage on August 26 at Old Midlothian High School Stadium.
The Lions kickoff the season in Kansas on September 3 with a 6:00pm clash with Bethany College.