Lessons aplenty in 3-2 soccer loss
Louisiana College 'upsets' Lions
Kounas, Martinez score, SAGU now 2-2
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Life’s toughest lessons are like pills that are hard to swallow. Saturday’s men’s soccer game between Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Louisiana College was a teacher’s delight.
Following a 3-2 triumph over SAGU, the upstart Wildcats celebrated a well-earned triumph over a stunned Lions team.
After producing a 3-14-1 mark last fall, Louisiana College set out to prove their 2-0 start to the new season was no fluke. They succeeded and left town onboard a charter bus. They could’ve flown back to Pineville, La.
While acknowledging the effort and performance of the opportunistic visitors, SAGU Head Coach Clem Oancea was equal in his assessment of the Lions, now 2-2.
“We did not play well and didn’t play together until it was too late,” he said after addressing his team. “We cannot make the kind of mistakes we did and expect to win. Louisiana College was hungry and they played very smart soccer.”
“Our team lost because we were too secure.”
The Lions crushed a good team on Monday, rolling to a 9-1 route in a display of text-book, precision soccer. Many then watched the Wildcats 3-0 win on Friday over Dallas Christian College.
According to Coach Oancea (WAHN-cha), the results caused a schedule lapse. The Lions thought they were going to play ‘that team’ the following day in Waxahachie. Instead they met fate.
The Wildcats played with zest and seemed to be a step quicker and more physical from the outset. Their defense collapsed on SAGU’s frontline playmakers in the box and limited them to a total of six shots the entire game.
While Southwestern controlled the ball and were on the attack all afternoon, the offensive juggernaut seen in Monday’s blowout learned an uncomfortable truth: “Good swimmers drown and good riders get thrown.”
Three grave errors by the SAGU defense did them in. Two were by the Lion goalies, one by the back line. Both paid huge dividends for the Wildcats, who cashed them in like lotto tickets.
Caio (KY-yo) Sousa (SOO-sah), a senior from Sao Luis, Brazil, scored two goals. The last one proved to be the game-winner in the 62nd minute. His first followed tied the score at 1-1 just nineteen minutes into the game.
Fellipe Albuquerque, a freshman from Joao Pessoa, the capital city of Paraiba, also in Brazil, scored the equalizer just before intermission. He parlayed a turnover into a one-on-one play inside the box, scoring on a low shot past the keeper in the 43rd minute.
The Lions scored a pair in the first half. Lee Kounas (Dallas, Tx / Townview HS), an artistic frosh, received a through-ball from Jonathan Ramos (Tegus, Honduras, Charlotte, NC / Garringer HS) as he dashed inside the box from the left.
Kounas (KOON-uhs) went to the right post, pivoted, and smacked a shot to the left, beating LC's 6'1 goalie Randy Richard. Only 8:01 into the contest and the buoyant Lions were on top by a 1-0 count.
After the tying score by Sousa, the Lions took a 2-1 advantage eleven minutes later.
Parker Sturgeon (Bartlesville, Ok / Bartlesville HS), threaded the needle to Robert Ambrosie (Iasi, Romania / Richard Wurmbrand HS), who had angled across the box. As he began to pull the trigger on a wide-open shot, he was pulled down by a defender.
The foul in the box drew a penalty kick by Danny Martinez (Houston, Tx / Cypress Creek HS). The senior drained the spot kick from 12 yards for a 2-1 SAGU lead.
They would not score again over the final sixty minutes, though they did have their occasions.
Nathan Dyke (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) zipped a pass inside to Carlos Gonzalez (Los Angeles, Cal / Delta HS (Colo), LABI). His boomer just missed. He had another opportunity with twenty minutes remaining. It was blocked by a defender.
Two memorable moments by the defense preserved Team Purp's chances for a late tie. As Edwin Morales set his sights on a goal from 15 yards following a breakaway, senior defender David Flores (San Miguel, El Salvador / RL Turner HS, Richardson, Tx) hustled to snuff it out. His sliding tackle separated Morales from the ball.
As the clock showed thirteen minutes remaining, Peter McLean, who was as active as a pointer at a duck farm, broke free on keeper Cesar Galvan (Allen, Tx / Lovejoy HS). McLean was denied by a sensational, sliding save. An appreciative crowd roared their approval.
The play berthed a heightened surge in momentum. It would be thwarted.
A try by Martinez, who was set up by a Kounas feed, whistled by the crossbar with 10:27 remaining.
The final minutes were a frantic assortment of passes to the interior and mad dashes up the sidelines. Each was rebuffed by a determined Wildcats defense.
By then, Louisiana College’s confidence had swollen and they played to fulfill it.
Perhaps the day’s experience for SAGU could be summed up in an old quote by Shakespeare: “The man that once did sell the lion's skin, while the beast lived, was killed with hunting him.”
"It was an upsetting game," said SAGU Assistant Coach Alex Vazquez. "We were very hyped up and didn't execute."
"They (LC) capitalized on our mistakes," he continued. "I think we underestimated them and they made us pay. I believe we will look back and learn from this one."
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Southwestern has two games on tap for this coming week. On Wednesday, September 12, they venture north of Lubbock to Plainview, Texas. They will tangle with unbeaten Wayland Baptist University (3-0) at 7:00pm.
Next Saturday, Sept. 15, the Lions will play host to the University of Houston at Victoria. The Jaguars are currently 3-3. Game time is set for 4:00pm (CST).