Mens Soccer drops finale to OCU
Jose Hernandez' 40-yard, bazooka-shot produces lone SAGU score
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The 2013 season came to a close for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team in a 6-1 home setback at the hands of Oklahoma City University.
Jose Hernandez (Dallas, Tx / Skyline HS) scored the Lions lone goal midway through the second half. The tally found the back of the net in the 69th minute, reducing SAGU’s deficit to 2-1.
Hernandez, a five-foot-six sophomore, recorded his first career goal with a stunning blast from 40 yards away.
Like mortar, his shot sailed down the middle, then began hook sharply. OCU goalie, 6’3 Joe Schulberg, from England, raced to his left in a futile bid to make a save.
The bending shot wound up tickling the twine in the upper right corner. He came off the bench to lead SAGU with three shots.
Hernandez is a consummate team-player. Perhaps the hardest working player in purple, he is known for his field vision.
A tactician who makes very good decisions with his passes, his hustle and positive energy are a clear strength for the Lions.
Instead of fueling a comeback, his sensational score led to a defensive breakdown.
The Stars answered with four goals of their own in the next fourteen minutes. Shining in the fading daylight, they turned a close contest into a rout.
The game was played in miry conditions; cool, grey and muddy under a light rain.
SAGU’s folding defense led to a season-ending 13-game losing streak. During the streak the team allowed four goals per game while being outscored 52-16.
In Monday’s finale for both teams, the Stars had a 1-0 lead at the half. They held a 7-6 margin in shots.
After intermission five of their eight shots were successful. The Lions fired six in the second stanza.
Adam Black (England) banged in a pair of goals and had an assist to lead OKC. He finished the regular season with 15 goals, with ten of them coming in the Stars’ last six contests.
Danny Frid (England), one of eight foreign born players, added two scores, while Ruy Vaz (Brazil) contributed a goal and a pair of helpers.
Final Records in the Sooner Conference
Sixth place Oklahoma City, who entered the game with three straight losses, wrapped up the regular season with an 8-7-2 overall record. They were 4-4-2 against teams in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
The Lions dropped to 3-15 and 0-10 in the SAC.
The University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (12-4 / 9-1 in SAC) won the league title.
After a 2-1 overtime loss to second place Wayland Baptist University (13-2-2 / 8-1-1 in SAC), the Drovers reeled off eight consecutive victories, outscoring their opponents 26-4.
Final standings in the Sooner Athletic Conference: http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/1.php
Aye, aye Captain Cesar
It was the final game in the career of SAGU goalie, Co-Captain Cesar Galvan (Allen, Tx / Lovejoy HS).
He made three saves, one from point-blank range to the left of the goal-mouth.