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SAGU hosts St. Gregory's at 1:00pm on Saturday

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University, despite a solid defensive effort, fell 2-0 to John Brown University on Thursday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles scored a goal in each half and came away with the win in a match in which they finished with a 14-9 edge in shots. They had both cornerkicks and registered the victory without committing a foul.

Few of the shots by either team were serious threats. Most were from the perimeter and easily handled by the keepers, the Lady Lions’ junior Haley Shingleton (Deer Park, Tx / Deer Park HS) and JBU’s Kristen Morency.

An early tally by freshman Sara Lachance, who one-timed a pass from Braydi Frederick, another freshman, gave the guests a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.

The score held up until late in the game. SAGU’s best opportunities were limited to through-balls or break-aways.

Finally, high-energy midfielder Madi Thornley (Flower Mound, Tx / Marcus HS) spun free from a defender in the middle of the field. She headed straight to the box. Scoring the equalizer was on her mind.

Morency held her ground, facing the one-on-one encounter on her toes.

Thorns approached and fired directly at the reigning conference goalkeeper of the year from 10 yards out. 

She gloved the scoring bid, completing her third consecutive shutout. She now has six on the season and has surrendered just 11 goals in 12 games.

The Golden Eagles are 10-3 after notching their fifth win in as many tries. They have outscored those five foes by a combined 18-2 margin.

JBU iced the game minutes later on a soft goal by senior Laura Bradshaw.

SAGU was led in shots by Thornley and junior Amber Belisle (Roseville, Cal / Whitney HS), who both had a pair.

The game was broadcast by SAGU Sports Live. It will be reposted on-line next week.

The Lady Lions are now 2-12 overall and 0-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. They have lost nine in a row and have not scored in eight of their last nine contests.

Defensively, SAGU is yielding just 2.0 goals per game. The Purple Pride has four remaining games, three of them at home.

Lady Lions meet Drovers on Saturday

SAGU plays host to St. Gregory’s University (5-7-1 / 0-6 in SAC) at 1:00pm on Saturday. The winner will move out of the basement in the Sooner.

They will honor seniors on Tuesday, October 29. The Lady Lions entertain University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (3-9 / 2-4 SAC) at 1:00pm.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.