W-Soccer jousted by Knights
Defending Champion Northwood pulls away late
Powell, Shingleton lead SAGU defense
CEDAR HILL, Texas -- Continuing in their quest for the winning formula, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University women's soccer team battled valiantly, but fell to Northwood University on Thursday, 5-0.
The defending champions of the Red River Athletic Conference, the Knights, broke away from a 2-0 halftime advantage to win the conference opener for both teams. They scored two window-dressing goals in the last eight minutes to finish off the young Lady Lions, who suffered their fourth loss in a row.
SAGU (1-15 a year ago) is 2-6 and have yet to find an offense that can match the play of their defense. It was the fifth time they've been shutout this fall.
Northwood outshot Southwestern by a 19-8 count, yet Team Lioness couldn't get anything past their keeper, Cristin Heilker . The host Knights used a physical defense to keep SAGU in check, and were cited for 13 of the game's 17 fouls.
Audrey Gatlin's hat trick was all the offense they would need, with goals in the 7th, 42nd and 59th minutes for a 3-0 margin. The second tally, just moments before halftime, proved too much for the Lady Lions to overcome.
Northwood's leading scorer in 2010, Natalie Carter (14 goals), added two in the closing minutes to cap the scoring.
The Lady Lions defense played very well for much of the game, led by junior midfielder Jessica Powell (Terrell, Tx / Terrell HS). Freshman goalie Haley Shingleton (Pasadena, Tx / Deer Park HS) made six saves before leaving the game for Kendall Murders (Bolivar, Mo / Bolivar HS). Shingleton was tagged for three goals.
Powell paced the offense with four shots on the goal. Daniela Garcia (Tucson, Az / Rio Rico HS), the squad's leading scorer (3 goals, 3 assists) was able to get off a pair of shots on the net. Natalie Pena (Dallas, Tx / Union HS, Tulsa, Ok) and Amy Lambdin (Stockton, Ca / Elliot Christian) also had scoring bids.
The Lady Lions will be playing at the River City, Shreveport, on Saturday. They will tangle with LSU-Shreveport (10-7-1 in 2010) at 1:00pm. SAGU returns to Lions Pride Park on Thursday when they meet Bacone College (Ok). The September 29th match is set to begin at 1:00pm.
For league standings, schedules and statistics on the team and players, visit www.redriverconference.com or click on the RRAC icon on the Athletics home page.