Lady Lions tamed by Warriors, 1-0
Bacone tops SAGU in shots, 16-5
SAGU travels to Texas College on Saturday
MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s soccer team, after several weeks of outstanding play, came up short in a 1-0 road loss to Bacone College.
The game was played at Hatbox Field in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
The Lady Lions, now 2-9 overall and 0-3 in the Red River Athletic Conference, were outshot by Bacone, 16-5, including 9-3 in shots on goal.
Sophomore forward Shayla Beane scored the game’s lone goal 29:56 into the ninety-minute match. The Warriors sent the ball up the sideline and Beane outraced a Lady Lions defender to retrieve it. She moved in on the Lions' goalie, one-on-one.
Beane drew Southwestern’s keeper, Haley Shingleton (Pasadena, Tx / Deer Park HS) out of the box, before sliding a low shot past her along the ground. Beane has now scored four of Bacone’s five goals this season.
The Lady Warriors, who were shutout during seven of their first nine games, improved to 2-8 and 1-2. Their lone win came in a 3-1 victory over St. Gregory’s (0-8-1) last month.
“We came out flat and they beat us to every ball,” confessed Head Coach Mandy Fortner. “They marked (covered) us tight and we didn't overcome it very well.”
The Lady Lions, who travelled to the area the night before, were sluggish and deliberate in their pace. Bacone played with more aggression, and appeared to gain possession of the ball most of the time when it was a 50-50 play.
SAGU had performed at a high rate over the previous three weeks, appeared off their game. The Lions collected just one of their shots in the first half and doubled Bacone (bah-KONE) in fouls for the game, 12-6.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t handle this game better than we did,” added Fortner. “It was very winnable, though winning on the road is tougher. That’s why we must outwork the opposition.”
Amy Lambdin (Stockton, Cal / Elliott Christian) and Lyndi Garrison (Hastings, Mich / Thornapple Kellogg HS) managed the only shots by the offense, with the former collecting a pair.
The other two came from defenders; Nella Ramirez (Waco, Tx / Waco HS) and Justine Lopez (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS).
Southwestern did account for three of the game's four cornerkicks.
Series Records and Upcoming Games
Bacone continued their mastery of Southwestern, improving their series record to 6-0 and have an 11-0 benefit in goals.
They will look to recover on Saturday when they travel 105 miles to Tyler to face Texas College. The 1:00pm game will pit two of the three teams currently tied in last with 0-3 records.
A year ago the Lady Steers (3-11) edged SAGU with a 1-0 setback. In fact, that is the final score of the last three meetings in a series the Horns lead 4-0.
SAGU has been outscored just 22-17 this season, and have now lost six games by the slimmest of margins (one). Texas College has been outscored 30-5.
Those numbers would cause confidence to rise if it weren’t for the fact that Bacone entered Thursday’s game on the short end of a 22-5 season scoring disadvantage.
Southwestern’s next home game is Thursday, October 4, when Wiley College visits for a 3:00pm game.
Special Thanks to Kyle Taylor, S.I.D. at Bacone College for photographs used in this article.