Weekend Preview of Lions soccer
SAGU visits Bacone College today
Lions in Tyler on Saturday
MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma -- The college soccer season kicks into full gear this weekend for the men’s and women’s teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
Both squads are on the road for a pair of games on today and Saturday.
The 11-game Red River Athletic Conference season has begun with the Lions and Lady Lions have gotten out of the gate slowly at 0-2. Only the top six teams qualify for the post-season tournament.
This afternoon the teams will take on Bacone College. Located in Muskogee, Oklahoma (270 miles from Waxahachie), southeast of Tulsa, the men will play at 1:00pm, followed by the women at approximately 3:00pm (CST).
After returning to SAGU, the Purple Pride will travel east (105 mi.) to Tyler, Texas on Saturday, September 29, where they will face Texas College.
The women commence play at 1pm, the men at 3pm.
Both Southwestern teams are scheduled to play teams with whom they are currently tied. Facing fellow RRAC members with 0-2 marks could provide just the right tonic.
Unfortunately, the opponents are viewing SAGU in much the same light. Still, the next two weeks will be critical for the Lions and Lady Lions to make something special of their seasons before going up against some of the traditional heavyweights.
A brief preview of the men's games:
SAGU (4-5 overall, 0-2 in RRAC) at Bacone (0-7, 0-2)
The Lions, in a rut of late, are seeking to right their ship while there is time. Defensive breakdowns have been costly to their possession game in recent weeks, as they have dropped four of their last six.
Senior forward Danny Martinez (Houston, Tx / Cy-Creek HS) is healthy again, which will help the attack. He has six goals and an assist, which ranks him #2 in the league in points. In the past three games he has managed only two shots.
Freshman Lee Kounas (Dallas, Tx / Townview HS) has stepped up his game, tying Martinez for the lead in points with 13. He has four goals and five assists; the latter is tied atop the Red River leader board.
SAGU has five players among the top 12 in scoring.
The Warriors are young and struggling on offense, netting just four goals in seven games. Their two most games have shown real progress; losing at Texas Wesleyan University (4-2-1, 2-0) by a 2-0 count, then coming up short at University of the Southwest (3-2-1, 2-0), 5-2.
Zayne Robinson is their points leader with three.
Bacone has taken three of the past four meetings, though SAGU won last year, 3-0, in Waxahachie.
SAGU at Texas College (1-7, 0-2)
The Lions snapped a three-game losing skid against Steers in 2011 with a 5-2 win at home. Texas College is battling through a rebuilding campaign, and has been outscored 34-9.
A bright spot for the Horns has been Colombian forward Carlos Pinilla. He got off to a good start and leads the team with five points.
A complete report of all the action will be posted on the SAGU website.
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