#26 USAO downs Lions, 2-0
Drovers' global attack scores early, holds off Lions
SAGU season finale at home on Monday
Box Score (link below)
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team conceded a goal in the first minute of the game, then spent the rest of the afternoon trying to match it.
In the end, No. 26 ranked University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) would tack on a late score to post a 2-0 triumph on a cool, gusty Tuesday afternoon.
The Lions, who dropped their eleventh consecutive contest, were on their heels from the outset. Science and Arts set up a quick opportunity.
From just inside the box’s boundary, Stephen Owusu (OH-WOO-soo) threaded a needle with a cross that appeared to go beyond several rushers.
Just then, Kyle Maxwell darted forward, leaning over and headed the ball about four feet off the ground. It bounced just inside the right post, narrowly beating Lions keeper Cesar Espana (Katy, Tx / Cinco Ranch HS).
It took just fifty-four seconds. The early strike proved to be all the Drovers would need.
With a roster filled with 27 international students, USAO controlled the pace, the ball and the lead.
From England, Papua New Guinea, Spain, France, Ghana, Israel, Mexico, Kenya and Scotland, the players had no need of an interpreter.
They spoke fluent soccer.
SAGU countered with their own cohesive attack.
Head Coach Clem Oancea’s group, which has nine foreign players themselves, completed intricate passes while navigating a minefield.
The high energy rushes exchanged by the teams were entertaining and spirited.
The Drovers were the more physical team, led by senior defender Scott Parkinson. He was an NAIA First Team All-American as a junior when they allowed only 11 goals.
Stingy, the gold clad visitors have begrudgingly allowed just 13 this fall while facing a schedule that has included five nationally ranked teams.
In their current six-game win streak the Drovers have outscored their opponents by an 18-3 margin. Tuesday they held SAGU to just five shots while managing 20 of their own.
SAGU had few close-range chances to find the back of the net.
Three who achieved a scoring bid were Robert Ambrosie (Lasi, Romania / Richard Wurmbrand HS), Ramon Cardenas (Monterrey, N.L., Mexico / Mesquite HS) and Lee Kounas (Oak Cliff, Tx / Townview HS). Each booted powerful shots but could not tickle the twine.
Niall Burley iced things with a goal in the 83rd minute. He chipped the ball from thirty yards away, over the Lions goalie. Espana had exited the crease to make a play on the ball, but Burley lifted a tally before he could hustle back into the goalmouth.
USAO appeared to have scored a second goal in the first. Maxwell kicked one that hit under the cross bar and then bounced out.
The side judge indicated it was good but was overruled by the head official.
The Lions have two matches remaining on the schedule.
Saturday night they visit Texas Wesleyan University (11-5-1 / 5-4 in SAC) at 7:00pm, then welcome Oklahoma City University (7-6-2 / 3-3-2 in SAC) for Monday’s 2:00pm finale.