Late goal costs Lady Lions
Texas College 'steals' 1-0 triumph
Offense needs rescue; coach remains confident
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- A pop classic, “Jim Dandy to the Rescue,” was written in 1956. It was about a hero who offers to save women who are in improbable predicaments.
The women’s soccer team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University plays a solid defensive game. Their offense, though, could use an occasional caped crusader to score a goal.
Saturday’s match with Texas College was a case in point.
Battling ferociously with the Lady Steers, they narrowly missed finishing several good scoring opportunities. In the end, after 76 minutes of scoreless action, it was a single goal by Leslie Arias that gave the visitors a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Pride Park.
Arias stole the ball in a crowd of players near the edge of the box, 18 yards from the goal line. She took three steps and beat the Lady Lions’ keeper, Haley Shingleton (Pasadena, Tx / Deer Park HS), with a low kick to the right.
The contest was evenly played throughout, with each team earning four cornerkicks. Texas College had an edge in shots 20-12, and in shots on goal, 8-6. Shingleton made a handful of super saves, totaling 14. Her counterpart, Jessica Escobar, made nine.
Scoring ventures by Garcia, Lambdin
Senior Daniela Garcia (Tucson, Az / Rio Rico HS), SAGU’s leading scorer this season with three goals and three assists, had a pair strong runs that ended without the desired result.
The team’s best chance came on a well-placed cross from Ashley Nerat (Menomonee Falls, Wisc / Menomonee Falls HS) to Amy Lambdin (Stockton, Cal / Elliot Christian) at the 15-yard mark. Her bid to score, like other opportunities, was snuffed out in this defensive stalemate.
Southwestern is now 2-9 overall and 0-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference. The Lady Lions are battling the University of the Southwest and Northwood University to stay out of the cellar.
The team has been shutout in eight of their eleven games. Their improvement on defense, however, has kept them 'in games' while they search for the right connections to produce on offense.
“We’re getting there” said first year head coach Mandy Fortner . “Assembling an offense that can navigate through tough defenses requires patience, vision and sharp passes. I’m confident we’re on our way. This team stays focused and shows no signs of letting up.”
Setting up for 5-game finish
SAGU is off for ten days before hosting Our Lady of the Lake University (6-4, 2-0 in RRAC) on October 13 and UT-Brownsville (6-2-1, 2-0) on Saturday, Oct. 15. Those teams are tied with LSU-Shreveport (5-3, 2-0) atop the conference.
The Lady Lions close with road games at Texas Wesleyan University (10-3, 2-2) and Southwest (2-6, 0-4) before Senior Day on October 29 against Huston-Tillotson (4-6, 2-2).
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