Lady Lions blanked in OKC, 2-0
Shingleton makes career best 19 saves
SAGU plays at Southwestern Christian on Tuesday
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s soccer team had quality scoring chances thwarted and, despite some impressive defense, fell to their nemesis, Mid-America Christian University, 2-0, on Friday afternoon.
The first league game as new members in the Sooner Athletic Conference dropped the Lady Lions overall record to 2-7. MACU improved to 6-3 and are 1-2 in the SAC. It was the fourth shutout they have pitched this season.
Freshman Ciara Mitchell netted a goal in each half. The first came in the 23rd minute on a direct, free kick from the right side.
Mitchell placed her shot beyond the reach of Haley Shingleton (Deer Park, Tx / Deer Park HS). The kick was to the upper left side of the goal.
The second, in the 72nd minute, clinched the win for the hosts. Chelsea Swisher sent a short cross from the right to Mitchell, whose one-touch finish in the box iced the game.
“We played very well considering we had four of our regulars out for the game,” pointed out Mandy Fortner, the SAGU Head Coach.
“We slowed down their attack,” she explained. “They had a lot of shots (38), but none of them were much of a threat for Haley.”
Shingleton was back in the goal after two games. A junior from a suburb just east of Houston made a career high 19 saves.
“Our defense prevented shots off their crosses until the one they scored late in the game,” Fortner added.
Two who starred for Team Purp were senior Natalie Pena (Dallas, Tx / Tulsa Union HS) and freshman Kaylie Cox (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS). They applied the defensive clamps on the Evangels advances to the middle of the pitch.
As for the Lady Lions, they “had some really great opportunities but couldn’t get a good shot off,” pointed out the third year coach.
Junior forward Amber Belisle (Roseville, Cal / Whitney HS) was perhaps the most active of SAGU’s offensive players. She was involved in three of the team’s most threatening chances.
“We showed a lot of effort and played with a lot of heart,” Fortner said in praise of her players. “They (MACU) were a very good team, but I feel like we showed a lot of improvement.”
Amy Lambdin (Stockton, Cal / Elliot Christian) and Daniella Ramirez (Waco, Tx / Waco HS) registered shots on goal.
The Lady Evangels are now 6-0 against SAGU, scoring all 26 goals in the series.
SAGU looks to pick up their first conference win on Tuesday with another trek to when they face Southwestern Christian University (7-2-1 / 1-1 in SAC). The game is set for a 1:00pm start.
The Lady Lions lead the series, 2-1, winning the past two encounters; 4-0 at home last fall and 1-0 in overtime in Bethany, Oklahoma the year before.
The Eagles have never had a winning season in their four year history, going 5-11-2 in 2010, 2-14-1 in 2011 and 8-9-2 last fall.
The team returns home on Saturday, October 12, when they host Wayland Baptist University (7-4 / 2-1 in SAC) at noon.
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