Thornley scores in 2-1 OT loss
Unassisted goal gave SAGU first half lead
Defense shows mettle against Louisiana College
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PINEVILLE, Louisiana -- Freshman Madeleine Thornley (Flower Mound, Tx / Marcus HS) scored late in the first half in a women’s soccer game that saw Southwestern Assemblies of God University eventually lose, 2-1, in overtime to Louisiana College.
The tally by Thornley was a breakaway. She got the ball about 35 yards away, then sped up the sideline. "Thorn" angled in and beat the keeper, Miranda Williams, with a beautiful one-on-one move.
The Lady Wildcats, 5-11-1 a year ago, had the upper hand throughout the match. They had a 10-2 edge in shots by halftime, but couldn’t solve the SAGU defense.
Eight minutes into the second stanza they finally broke through to even the score.
Five-foot-nine sophomore Taylor Bergeron, LC’s top scorer in 2012, booted a goal on a pass from Sarah Thompson.
SAGU's third year Head Coach Mandy Fortner’s squad played remarkably well on defense, continually turning away LC advances.
Utilizing just one substitute, the Lady Lions thwarted a team that used 23 players in near 100 degrees.
Defenders Amy Lambdin (Stockton, Cal / Elliot Christian), Kaylie Cox (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS), Ashley Nop (Stockton, Cal / Lincoln HS) and Daniella Ramirez (Waco, Tx / Waco HS) performed at a high level against a fresher, deeper foe. The unit turned in this effort while being called for only two fouls.
That was especially true of junior net-minder Haley Shingleton (Deer Park, Tx / Deer Park HS). She faced 23 shots and seven corner kicks and was credited for making 11 saves.
SAGU forced a second straight game into extra time, having topped Johnson & Wales University on Wednesday by the same score.
Bergeron ended the Lady Lions’ hopes of another overtime thriller. Thanks to a well-placed pass from Alex Corne, her header got past Shingleton in the first minute of OT.
The Lady Lions fought tooth and nail against the NCAA Division III team. The Pride had seven shots in the second half and totaled nine for game.
Six of SAGU’s shots came from two players, Thornley, a freshman, and sophomore Justine Lopez (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS). For the fiery Thornley, it was her second goal in as many games. Each triggered three attempts.
Lyndi Garrison (Hastings, Mich / Thornapple Kellow HS), Noelle Pugliese (Lee’s Summit, Mo / LS North HS) and Lambdin booted one apiece.
The Lady Lions next game was originally slated for Monday when they were to host Dallas Christian College. The Crusaders had to cancel their season a few weeks ago due in part to a rash of injuries.
SAGU will travel to Belton, Texas (just south of Waco) next Saturday, September 14, for a 7:00pm game with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Cru is currently 2-0.
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