Ambrosie, Ramos also get their kicks
Galvan narrowly misses second shutout; SAGU goes 2-0 in Ks
STERLING, Kansas -- Sophomore Lee Kounas (Oak Cliff, Tx / Townview HS) scored one goal and assisted on another as Southwestern Assemblies of God University defeated Sterling College by a 3-1 count on Friday.
After forty scoreless minutes, Kounas converted a cornerkick for a 1-0 Lions lead. They would never trail while improving their record to 2-1 this season.
The team whitewashed Southwestern College the day before, 1-0. Robert Ambrosie (Iasi, Romania / Richard Wurmbrand HS) delivered the game-winner on a penalty kick with less than ten minutes remaining.
SAGU was the aggressor from the outset, both offensively (15 shots) and on defense. Head Coach Clem Oancea’s troops had a 4-1 advantage in cornerkicks by intermission.
The host Warriors fought hard in their first game. They took 16 shots but did not find the range until the 80th minute. By then the Lions had the upper hand, 3-0.
Ten minutes after intermission the Purple Pride took a two-goal lead on a kick by Ambrosie. He shares the team lead (Kounas) with two goals this year after totalling three as a freshman.
Kounas (KOON-us), who also booted a goal in the team’s season opener at St. Thomas, assisted on Ambrosie’s tally.
Co-Captain Jonathan “Colocho” Ramos (Tegucigalpa, Honduras / Garringer HS) put it on ice with a score in the 71st minute. The win evened the series between the two teams at two games apiece.
Senior goalie Cesar Galvan (Allen, Tx / Lovejoy HS) faced just six shots on goal. He was credited with five saves. The Co-Captain lost his bid for a second straight shutout when Jonathan Perdomo putone past him at 79:14.
The game was played at a fast pace at high energy. Officials cited SAGU for 16 fouls, nine in the first half, with Sterling called for just five. However, the Warriors collected five yellow cards in the first 70 minutes.
The Lions used 13 players, including five freshmen; three of them starting.
SAGU is on the road for a fourth consecutive game when they play at Louisiana College (NCAA D3) next Saturday, September 7. The Wildcats (0-1) were 7-8-2 a year ago, including a 3-2 win at SAGU.
The Lions take on Dallas Christian College and Huston-Tillotson University on Sept.9 and Sept. 10, both at home.
They 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.
Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at email@example.com or at 469-658-2847.