SAGU Stunned in Double OT, 2-1

WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- After dominating the possession game throughout, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men's soccer team yielded two late goals, the last with two minutes left in overtime, falling to Southwestern College, 2-1, on Labor Day Monday.

The Lions, now 2-2, have enjoyed a promising start this fall. A very talented incoming class of players have joined the returning core of experienced lettermen, giving SAGU a full arsenal of potential scorers. They held a clear advantage over the Moundbuilders, yet struggled to put away a rebuilding team from Kansas who won only once in 17 games in 2009.

Deadlocked at 1-1 after ninety minutes of regulation, the Lions began to play with a renewed sense of urgency in the two, 10-minute OT periods. They had six opportunities to come away with a win, but failed to finish with the golden goal.

The Builders, on their heels, rose up with a stunning counter attack. Jonathan Torres, a 5-foot-10 midfielder, separated SAGU's Jonathan Segundo (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) from the ball near midfield. He spun, and located senior forward Andrew Bonvehi wide open, having split two Lions defenders, Brenden Kowalski (Tomball, Tx / Tomball HS) and David Flores (El Salvador / R.L. Turner HS).

Bonvehi (Bon-VAY-hee) took the through-pass and beat SAGU goalie Cesar Galvan (Dallas, Tx / Lovejoy HS) with a shot to the corner with 2:56 remaining in the game. Galvan had little chance to stop Bonvehi, who also scored SC's first goal, at the sixty-minute mark. That goal came on a cornerkick from Jordan Rivas that he headed past Galvan. Bonvehi was left unmarked on the play.

Kowalski Gives Cats 1-0 Lead

SAGU took an early 1-0 advantage. Joe Ballah (Charlotte, NC / Independence HS), a 5'11 freshman forward, had beaten his man in the box and was about to score when he was brought down by a desperate defender. A penalty was called, and the Lions' Kowalski took the penalty kick just 9:50 into the match. He crushed it high, into the webbing. SAGU was in charge.

Throughout the contest the Lions appeared the aggressor, controlling the ball, getting a number of good shots, but were also called for offsides five times as they continued to threaten to score. They were whistled for 12 of the game's 20 fouls. But SAGU also appeared to settle for what seemed to be a likely 1-0 victory.

Builders' Strategy

"Both teams played very well," said Builders' assistant coach Joey Yeisley afterwards. "SAGU has tremendous speed everywhere. We were trying to counter by holding our positions, aiming to control the pace and not get into a scoring contest. Our guys battled hard to keep the ball away from them and set up our chances when they came."

As for that surprise chance in the game's closing moment, he described: "It was a quick ball from on top (center of the field) and he (Bonvehi) found the corner."  He made it sound almost routine. "But this was a big step for our program," he added. "We went 1-15-1 last year (including a 3-1 loss to SAGU). We've gotten off to a 2-0 start, and this win will really boost our confidence."

Lions Coaches View

SAGU's new Head Coach Aaron DeLoach praised the Builders effort and said Bonvehi's goal was a great kick. "There was nothing Galvan could do to stop that one."

He also felt the collision at midfield in which Segundo was "...knocked off the ball," should have drawn a foul call. "I think the official missed that one." Assistant Coach Corbin Waller described what happened next as a "great through ball and a great finish. He was wide open in the seam. You knew it was over."

There was only one quality shot in the first OT. Four minutes in, Segundo drilled a shot from just right of center. But the blast from 12-yards sailed two feet over the crossbar.

In the second overtime, it was all-SAGU. Until the Builders stole the finish by adding the exclamation point.

Only 1:11 in, Ballah took a pass and was open from inside 10-yards, but his boot slid to the left of the post by less than a foot. Less than two minutes later, Bryan King (Springfield, Mo / Kickapoo HS) sent a left cross to Segundo. His kick from point blank range was saved by goalie Daniel Forsythe. Segundo got the rebound and tried to muscle it by the keeper, who wrestled it away. Both were on the ground, near the right post.

King chased down a long ball in the right corner before being fouled. The following indirect kick by Flores was defensed. Another bullet dodged by a scrambling Builders team.

Then, Segundo was in position from 20-yards out. He sidestepped a defender and unloaded a frozen rope with 3:57 to play, missing the side post.

That set the stage for the counter play that caught the Lions off the ball and off guard.

Lion First Half Highlights

Galvan made a great save on a Julio Calderon shot from 15 yards. A Segundo kick from 8-yards was caught by Forsythe. Sam Cabrera (Tampa, Fla / Hillsborough Community College) deflected a centering pass to Rivas, who was open in front of the goal mouth at the 14 minute mark.

Second Half Moments

King pulled the trigger from 36 feet away, but Forsythe made a splendid save. James Wright (Dallas, Tx / Evangel University) assisted to Ballah. His strong legged attempt was snared by Forsythe, who was well-positioned. Ballah booted a centering pass to Glorie Ndongala (Kinsasha, Congo / Northglenn HS, Colo), but the near-goal was well defended with 21 minutes to play.

Danger: High Voltage

Ndongala's presence off the bench brought a zealous energy. Throughout the game DeLoach implored him to up the tempo, to go all-out, to save nothing. "I'll give you a break," the coach yelled out, promising a breather. "Keep it up! Go! Go! Go! Up the amps!" The speed game has added an exciting element this season.

With 14:25 remaining in regulation, Ndongala sent a rebound shot, hooking it toward the corner. But Forsythe was up to the task again.

Ballah, who has a power-laden leg and great command of the ball, lifted a pass to the right side to forward James Swearingen (Arlington, Tx / Home School). His header went high as 2:09 was showing on the clock.

Home Game Friday: Only Game in Town

Southwestern will host the Tigers of Central Christian College this Friday, September 10. The game starts at 5:00pm at Southwestern Field. Central is 2-0 so far this young season, with both wins coming on the road. They play host to Sterling College (1-1) on Tuesday night at 8pm. SAGU edged the Tigers last year in McPherson, Kansas, 2-0.

With the Volleyball Lady Lions in Sherman for a tournament this weekend, and the football Lions in Brownwood for a 6pm game on Saturday night, only the SAGU soccer teams will be at home - both on Friday.

The Lions will be in Austin to play Concordia University on Saturday night. The Tornados are a talented squad. They are 1-1, losing in overtime to Our Lady of the Lake University on Saturday. The NCAA Division III team topped SAGU in 2009 by a 4-0 count.

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Lions soccer team in today's final

Nov 19, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

SAGU tops MACU, 2-0 Martinez scores twice on Ramos, Elliott assists WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s men’s soccer team and top-seeded Central Bap...

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Lions enter soccer regional as 6th seed

Lions enter soccer regional as 6th seed

Nov 15, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

SAGU plays SWCU Thursday at 2:30pm Tourney field has 6 teams vying for a nationals berth WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University will serve as host for the Central Re...

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Lions impressive in loss to champs

Lions impressive in loss to champs

Oct 30, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

SAGU prepares to host NCCAA Regional Ballah header ties game before Tillotson take crown, 3-1 WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Displaying a gritty defense and an undying spirit, the Southwestern A...

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Coach Nichols, Looking Ahead

Coach Nichols, Looking Ahead

Oct 25, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Men's Soccer has much to play for SAGU is 7-6-4 heading into home finale vs. #1 HTU WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team will be on...

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Lions win on Martinez golden goal

Lions win on Martinez golden goal

Oct 24, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Men's Soccer Lions edge USW in OT, 2-1 Southwestern plays Rams at home on Saturday HOBBS, New Mexico -- Silence is golden. So are game-winning goals in overtime. When Southwestern A...

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Athletic Student Profile: Joe Ballah, future medical missionary to Liberia

Athletic Student Profile: Joe Ballah, future medical missionary to Liberia

Oct 21, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Waxahachie, TX – October 21, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) sophomore Joe Ballah was recruited by Aaron DeLoach last year to play on SAGU’s men’s so...

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Thursday SAGU Sports Ticker

Thursday SAGU Sports Ticker

Oct 21, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions Soccer teams fall in Ft. Worth Southwestern travels to New Mexico for Sat. games W-Soccer Lady Lions can't keep up with Rams FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Lady Lions fended off thi...

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Men's Soccer has eyes on tourney

Men's Soccer has eyes on tourney

Oct 19, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions can enter with pair of wins Final 3-games begin against Texas Wesleyan on Thursday WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The regular season is heading into its final two weeks and the men’s socc...

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Heartbreaking finish for Men's Soccer

Heartbreaking finish for Men's Soccer

Oct 16, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Scorpions awake just in time Ramos goal held up until final 11 minutes WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Three goals in the final eleven minutes by the University of Texas at Brownsville handed Southwes...

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Men's Soccer tied by OLLU

Men's Soccer tied by OLLU

Oct 15, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Parker, Ballah, Vazquez score in overtime match 1st place Saints rally to salvage 3-3 deadlock WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Only a late, tying goal by Our Lady of the Lake University avoided a big ...

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Men's Soccer falls to UST, 2-1

Men's Soccer falls to UST, 2-1

Oct 09, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Sturgeon-to-Martinez hook-up scores again WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The men’s soccer team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University took a 1-0 lead into the second half against the Universi...

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Lions unhappy in scoreless tie

Lions unhappy in scoreless tie

Oct 07, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Winless Wiley scratches out stalemate SAGU outshoots the Wildcats, 32-10 WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The unpopularity of ties in American sports is reflected in the saying, "A tie is like kis...

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Men's soccer hosts Wiley today

Men's soccer hosts Wiley today

Oct 06, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions can add to string of wins Martinez, Sturgeon, Vazquez are league leaders WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team will entertain...

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Kickin' the Steers, 5-2

Oct 02, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Martinez, Sturgeon combine for two goals Lions three-second half scores topples Texas College   HOUSTON, Texas --  "Kickin’ It" is a new Disney comedy based on...

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SAGU, Vazquez, top Bacone, 3-0

Sep 30, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

"Old-timer" sparks Lions attack  Seasoned-veteran takes kidding, delivers the goods!  WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Alex Vazquez is teased endlessly by his teammates for being t...

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Men's Soccer hosts Bacone

Sep 28, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Take 5 with Coach Nichols Key home games Thursday and Saturday   WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The men’s soccer team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University are facing a mid-seas...

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Lions are victors on Vazquez kick

Sep 25, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Penalty Kick determines the outcome Performance by Martinez leads SAGU to 2-1 win   SHREVEPORT, Louisiana -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team s...

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Knights rally late for 3-2 soccer win

Sep 24, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions had 2-0 lead after 64 minutes   CEDAR HILL, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University built a 2-0 lead with twenty-six minutes to play, but couldn’t hold it as Nor...

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Lions soccer team blanketed by rain, UHV, 3-0

Sep 18, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions game shortened due to rain and darkness   VICTORIA, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team, needing some thunder on the field, had their g...

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SAGU, behind Martinez goals, ties U-D, 2-2

Sep 15, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions play superbly, Coach Nichols claims   IRVING, Texas -- After giving the effort it takes to win, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team had to settl...

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Martinez powers Lions to soccer win

Sep 12, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Junior forward scores twice as SAGU wins, 4-1   WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- In one of their best offensive performances of the young season, Southwestern Assemblies of God University thumped ...

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Soccer Men Come Up Short

Soccer Men Come Up Short

Sep 07, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Late Rally, Lions Foiled, 4-2 Paz, Salvato contribute goals   WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Despite dominating for more than half of Monday’s soccer game at Lion Pride Park, Southwest...

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SAGU Surges to 4-1 Soccer Win

Aug 21, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Ramos, Avila spark Lions WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- Jonathan Ramos scored a tie-breaking goal early in the second half to lead Southwestern Assemblies of God University to a 4-1 triumph over Wa...

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Men's 2011 Soccer Debut

Men's 2011 Soccer Debut

Aug 20, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

SAGU hosts to Wayland Baptist on Saturday Projected Line-Up is Announced WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team will kickoff ...

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Nichols named head soccer coach

Nichols named head soccer coach

Aug 04, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Waxahachie, TX - August 4, 2011 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University announced Gerald Nichols as the men’s head soccer coach, Monday, August 1, 2011. “We are excited about th...

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High Energy Kicks

High Energy Kicks

Aug 03, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions name Gerald Nichols men’s soccer coach WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  He is not Superman, though he scales heights, navigates nature’s forces and plays as though he is bulle...

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New Men's Soccer Assistant Coach Named

New Men's Soccer Assistant Coach Named

Jun 17, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Lions Sign Clem Oancea from FC Dallas WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team added a pivotal piece to their leadership with the a...

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Men's Soccer Schedule Released

Men's Soccer Schedule Released

May 04, 2011 - Men's Soccer News

Kicking it up another notch Lions set tougher course to prepare for RRAC WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The old adage, “to be the best you must play the best,” is not the easi...

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