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Waxahachie, Texas- August 5, 2014- The countdown is on for the first men’s soccer game for the Southwestern Assemblies of God (SAGU) Lions. The first game is Sammy Duartescheduled for August 26th against Dallas Christian College. Looking to rebound off of a down year for the lions in 2013, Coach Clem Oancea has been hard at work recruiting nearly two dozen new players for the 2014 season, “I’m really excited about it. They're some good young men that can really play soccer.”

“The new players are going to come in and really challenge the guys that have been here and that’s a good thing to help the older guys to really excel,” explains Oancea.

Here is a look at three of the new recruits for SAGU soccer.

Sammy Duarte is from Mesquite, Texas. Duarte played for Poteet High School where he was a four year varsity letterman. Duarte was also named to the 2013/2014 1st team all-district.   Duarte has played internationally traveling to Denmark and Holland. Through all of his years of playing, Duarte says his most memorable game comes from High School, “My Junior year in high school I was thankful enough to play with the high school Varsity team and we were state semifinalist. All the years I have played soccer, I've learned a lot about life and because of this beautiful game, it has changed my character and has taught me never to give up on your dreams.”Marcel Donosso

Marcel Donosso wrapped up four years of varsity play at Stony Point High School in Round Rock, Texas. He transferred to Stony Point High School his Junior year where he was rewarded for his ability immediately, “I was honored right away with the role as a Captain and earned a place on the All District team again. My senior year I also received the Coach's Award as Offensive MVP. “

Clinton “TY” Craft is from Lake Dallas, Texas and he started playing soccer at 5 years old. His club soccer career began at 10 Ty Craft where he played for the Dallas Texans. While playing for the Texans Craft’s team placed third in the nation in 2009. Craft played in Europe five different times, where the highlight of his soccer career took place, “In July 2013 we played in the final game of the Dana Cup vs. Manas from Spain. We were tied in regulation which forced us to go into overtime. With only 8 minutes left I scored the winning goal. It was truly the best moment of my life up until now.”

The SAGU Lion’s first home game will be Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 4:00pm. The Lion’s will take on Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, or 214 232 7187.

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