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Swampy conditions hamper SAGU in season finale

Shingleton makes nine stops, finishes first in Sooner, 3rd in NAIA

Box Score link: http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/BoxScores/BoxScores.aspx?association=10&sg=WSO&sea=NAIWSO_2013&team=4988&compID=48638

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  A slow start proved costly for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s soccer team.

Oklahoma City University, ranked No. 20 in the current NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, scored three times in the opening nine minutes and went on to post a 5-0 victory.

The Stars, now 13-4, finish the regular season as champions of the Sooner Athletic Conference with a 9-1 league mark.

Playing in light rain and cool temperatures better suited for muddin’ in a four-wheeler, OCU was all-business.

Pinpoint passes and a steady attack paid quick dividends. Keren Sharabi one-timed a pass from Meghan McMahon in the game’s third minute. It was all the Stars would need.

Two minutes later Allie Glazner banged in a loose ball for a two-nil start.

The game’s best score occurred in the ninth. McMahon picked up her ninth assist on the season with a perfectly placed cross from the left edge of the box.

Allison Worsham charged in and headed the pass, which was near the right post. SAGU goalie Haley Shingleton (Deer Park, Tx / Deer Park HS) had no chance.

Worsham bonked the ball, which was about four-feet above the ground, sharply past the keeper. It was her third goal in three games and eleventh tally this fall.

McMahon, already with a pair of helpers, scored late in the first half and again in the second period for a six-point match. She now has 39 points, good for third in SAC.

Oklahoma City fired 25 of the game’s 29 shots, sixteen of them on-goal.

The Lady Lions’ intensity picked up midway through the first half. Led by senior Natalie Pena (Dallas, Tx / Tulsa Union HS) and Kristina Armbrust (Gretna, Neb / Alpha & Omega Academy, CFNI), SAGU refused to fold against the talented squad from OKC.

Shingleton went on to register nine saves, four from point-blank range. She ends the season with 130 in thirteen games.

Her 10.0 saves per contest led the Sooner and was third in the nation.

Team Lioness (2-16 / 0-10 in SAC) managed four shots; Kenzie McNutt (DeSoto, Tx / Ovilla Christian), Amber Belisle (Roseville, Cal / Whitney HS), Amy Lambdin (Stockton, Cal / Elliot Christian HS) and Kaylie Cox (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS).

Belisle had the best opportunity. She booted one from 12-yards. Aiming for the right corner, her bid hooked just wide.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

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