Ambrosie PK decides 1-0 thriller
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Penalty kick in 83rd minute breaks scoreless tie
WINFIELD, Kansas -- A year after a resounding 9-1 home victory over Southwestern College, the rematch proved to be all that Southwestern Assemblies of God University could handle.
In a fiercely contested men's soccer battle that was dictated by defense, the Lions escaped with a 1-0 win on a goal in the 83rd minute.
Sophomore Robert Ambrosie (Iasi, Romania / Richard Wurmbrand HS) buried a penalty kick, low and into the left corner, for the game’s lone score.
The goalie, Ian Mutio, dove to his right, but couldn’t get his outstretched hand on the sharply booted ball.
What set up the PK was a defensive foul called against the Moundbuilders.
Sandro Salazar (Kissimmee, Fla / Gateway HS), a power-built forward, was threatening to score. Dribbling from right to left in the box, he was tripped by a defender, prompting the referee’s decision.
Ambrosie was selected by Head Coach Clem Oancea (WAHN-cha) to take the penalty kick, which is a spotted twelve yards from the net. He went on to finish with four shots, three of them on goal.
Last season the Romanian scored three goals and registered five assists. In the 2012 game against SC he had a score and an assist.
Thurday's game was as tight as the skin on a grape.
SAGU had 15 shots, six of them on goal, while the hosts fired 14 and five respectively. During a scoreless first half, both teams had eight shots.
The Lions forced the action, trying to create scoring opportunities. They were flagged four times for offside violations. The Builders had none.
Southwestern College held a 3-1 margin in cornerkicks and were cited for 13 of the game’s 21 fouls.
The Lions held up well in the 98 degree setting, utilizing only one substitute. SC called on nine players from the bench.
In the end, the SAGU defense refused to bend. Senior goalkeeper Cesar Galvan (Allen, Tx / Lovejoy HS) totaled five saves, just two coming in the second half.
Jonathan Ramos (Tegucigalpa, Honduras / Garringer HS) tied Ambrosie by kicking four shots, with Joel Ramirez (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) and Salazar each tried a pair of attempts.
The win gives SAGU a 3-2 lead in the series. They have outscored the Builders by a 14-5 count.
SAGU at Sterling College on Friday; livestream at 3pm
Tomorrow, August 30, the Lions will meet Sterling College (Ks) at 3:00pm. The Warriors, 4-13-2 last fall, have won two-of-the-three meetings. SAGU won at home in 2012, 2-1 in overtime, after owning an 18-11 edge in shots.
Fans can watch the game on livestream video at scwarriors.com
Home dates on the horizon, including FC Dallas exhibition
After playing at Louisiana College on September 7, the Lions (1-1) will host consecutive home games on Sept. 9 and 10. Dallas Christian College and Huston Tillotson University will visit Waxahachie in a pair of 5:00pm games on those dates.
The Lions will meet FC Dallas Academy in a special exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 14. Professional players will be signing autographs in the afternoon. The game is slated for a 4:00pm start at the campus field.
Special Thanks: To Andrea Nuss, from SC Athletics, for use of the photo above of Jonathan Ramos.