California supplies third Lady Lions player
Signing of Kristen Lambdin unites her with sister
SAGU moves to new conference with hopes of winning
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- On the heels of their best season in their young history, the women’s soccer team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University has begun announcing this year’s crop of new recruits.
Head Coach Mandy Fortner recently released the news that Kristen Lambdin, a 5’6 defender from Jim Elliot Christian High School in Lodi (LO-dahy), California, has signed a National Letter of Intent. She played on the right side as an outside defender.
Lambdin, two years younger than her sister Amy, already a starter for SAGU, was the captain at Elliot and also was awarded the team’s Christian Character award.
Academically, she graduated with honors. At SAGU she will likely major in Biblical Studies.
She will take to the pitch with Amy and Amber Belisle (Roseville, Cal / Whitney HS), giving the Lady Lions three players from Northern California. ))Northern
Under Head Coach Karl Glasman, the Eagles advanced to the quarterfinal and to the semi-finals all four years during Lambdin’s tenure at Elliot.
The team had a 7-3-1 league record, finishing third of eight teams in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Section.
Born in Stockton, California, Kristen is the third born of eight children; seven of them daughters, to parents Dan and Beth Lambdin.
Her siblings include; Michelle (23), Amy (20), Rebekah (17), Grace (14), Joy (10), Daniel (5) and Christiana (3).
Kristen (18) has been quite involved in extra-curricular activities prior graduating this spring. She has been a part of the Interact service club, Impact – and outreach club, as well as her church youth group.
The Lady Lions leading goal scorer last fall was her sister, Amy, who netted six scores. Lambdin was credited with a pair of assists, totaling 14 points.
That tied her with Noelle Pugliese (Lee’s Summit, Mo / LS North HS) added five goals and four assists (14 pts). Both will be juniors this autumn.
Team Lioness was outscored by a narrow 32-28 margin.
SAGU began the 2012 campaign by losing eight of their first nine matches, though five of those setbacks were decided by the smallest of margins; one goal.
They rebounded sharply with a 5-3-1 second half. What keyed the upsurge was the progress made on the defensive end.
Coach Fortner has focused much of her first two years focusing on building a foundational; establishing a team that increases their competitive chances by limiting the opposition’s scoring output. The Lady Lions produced five shutouts in those nine games and held two other teams to solo goals.
The club’s best-ever 4-5-1 mark against the competition in the Red River Athletic Conference was three more wins than the young program had ever won in league play.
The Purple Pride can now focus on maintaining their defensive bite while adding some offensive punch. They were blanked eight times in 2012.
SAGU will also make the move from the RRAC to the Sooner Athletic Conference. Both had one member in the final Top 25 Coaches Poll last fall; No. 9 University of Texas at Brownsville (16-4-1) and No. 10 Oklahoma City University (20-2), the latter from the SAC.
The Lady Lions will soon be announcing other players who have signed to play in the fall. Plus, the release of the squad’s 2013 schedule will be posted on the SAGU website.
Coach Fortner and the team will begin their pre-season camp during the second week of August.