Lions roll to 7-0 route; host Tillotson today
Ramos, Ambrosie, Galvan each score once, assist twice
Freshmen Cavazos and Salazar find the range
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University netted three early goals within seven minutes and rolled to a 7-0 triumph over Dallas Christian College on Monday evening.
Jonathan Ramos (Tegus, Honduras / Garringer HS) one-timed a short pass from Robert Ambrosie (Iasi, Romania / Richard Wurmbrand HS) just 12:25 into the ninety-minute match for the only goal the Lions would need.
Ambrosie was just to the right of the goal-mouth when he poked the ball past a defender to Ramos. He booted it beneath the keeper for a one-nil lead.
Just forty-two seconds later the pair switched roles and Xerox’ed the play for another score, this time Ramos assisting Ambrosie.
Keeping the pressure on, SAGU peppered the goalie with shots, hitting three off the upright or crossbar.
Following a foul at the left edge of the box, Ambrosie’s direct kick was tapped to Lee Kounas (Oak Cliff, Tx / Townview HS) at the corner on the 18-yard mark. The stout sophomore moved towards the middle, then suddenly pivoted and uncorked a liner back to the left post.
The shot caught the net-minder leaning the wrong way. SAGU led 3-0 just 19:28 after the start of the game.
The win improved the Lions record to 3-2 and lifted their advantage over the ‘Saders to 5-1-1 since 2005. DCC dropped to 1-3 this season.
Head Coach Clem Oancea began mixing the line-up, moving defenders to the frontline while trying to rest some of the regulars. And for good reason.
The Lions play another home game on Tuesday when Huston-Tillotson University visits at 5:00pm.
One adjustment by Oanchea (WAHN-cha) was placing his starting goalie, Cesar Galvan (Allen, Tx / Lovejoy HS), at forward.
In the sixtieth minute he was knocked down inside the box. Galvan was given the nod by Oancea, and replied with a line-drive penalty kick for a 4-0 margin.
The final three tallies were also delivered by substitutes.
Freshman Sandro Salazar (Kissimmee, Fla / Gateway HS) triggered a missile to the right-side after Kounas (KOO-nahs) spotted him in a crease about 15-yards away.
Galvan, a vocal lightning rod on the team, enjoyed his moment in the sun.
Twice in the closing ten minutes he guided a pass to another freshman, Walther Cavazos (Monterrey, Mexico / Mesquite HS). The 5’11 forward ripped the nets from the interior.
For the game, three players had a goal and two assists; Ramos, Ambrosie and Galvan. The Lions’ possession game created a new team record with 41 shots.
The defense’s job was made easier by the offense’s ability to maintain control of the ball.
Still, Galvan and sophomore keeper Cesar Espana (Katy, Tx / Cinco Ranch HS) shared 45-minute chores of protecting the shutout. They both had to make a lone save.
SAGU will meet Huston-Tillotson (0-3) on Tuesday. The Rams have enjoyed a mastery over the Lions since 2005.
HT is 6-1-1 against the Purple Pride, outscoring them 32-8 in the process.
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