Men's soccer falls in OT, 1-0
Lions host John Brown on Thursday
Four of SAGU's final five games to be played at home
CEDAR HILL, Texas -- A goal by Northwood University in the third minute of overtime ended a fiercely contested men’s soccer game on Saturday, edging Southwestern Assemblies of God University in a 1-0 verdict.
It was the second time this season the Lions have fallen in overtime by the same score.
The game was physical and combative at times, though few fouls were called. The Lions drew a questionable red card late in the first half causing them to play the remainder of the game shorthanded.
The host Knights had a number of chances to win the game. Three shots hit the post and several others narrowly missed.
Northwood finally won on the first shot in extra-time.
Midfielder Ulysses Mendoza sped up the right flank unguarded. SAGU’s Salvador Avila (Fortuna, CA / Irving MacArthur HS) jetted out to defend him.
Mendoza, a senior, responded by chipping in a well-placed cross into the box to the man Avila had been guarding; Daniel Costilla. The Lions’ Robert Ambrosie (Lasi, Romania / Richard Wurmbrand HS) left his man to rotate to cover Costilla.
But Mendoza’s pass found its intended target when Costilla met the incoming ball twelve yards from the goal. His header deflected the ball to far left post where it eluded a well-positioned goalie Cesar Espana (Katy, TX / Cinco Ranch HS).
The game’s lone tally, the fourth of the season for Costilla, came at 92:40.
After a 3-2 start this season, SAGU has now dropped eight games in a row. They have been outscored 30-10 in the process.
SAGU’s best chances to score came in a pair of one-on-one opportunities, both ending with the shooter sending a kick directly to the keeper.
Sandro Salazar (Kissimmee, Fla / Gateway HS) and Jonathan Ramos (Tegucigalpa, Honduras / Garringer HS) each found themselves in the box, having received a pass or after eluding a defender.
Face to face against goalie Brandon Alvosez, their finishing touch was gloved.
Northwood had the upper hand in possession and in shots, 21-9. Twelve of them were on goal. The Lions booted six of their nine between the pipes.
SAGU is now is 3-10 and, at 0-5, at the cellar of the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Second place Northwood, who trails only Wayland Baptist University (11-2-1 / 6-1 in SAC), is 7-4-1 and 4-1-1.
The Lions have five games remaining, four of them at home. On Thursday, October 24, they entertain John Brown University at 4:00pm.
SAGU Sports Live will broadcast the match in HD at www.sagu.edu/tv
Final Five Games: SAGU Lions Soccer
Oct. 24 vs. John Brown University (6-7), 4:00pm
Oct. 26 vs. Saint Gregory's University (5-6-1), 3:00pm
Oct. 29 vs. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (7-4), 3:00pm
Nov. 2 @ No. 19 Texas Wesleyan University (9-4-1), 7:00pm
Nov. 4 vs. Oklahoma City University (6-4-2), 6:00pm
To view the current Sooner Athletic Conference standings, click here: http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/1.php