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Lions add recruit to help fuel the offense

Team opens camp on August 12

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team has announced the signing of Walther Cavazos.

The 5-foot-11 Cavazos (pronounced kah-VAH-zos) was a standout player at Mesquite High School, where he was a three-year starter and the team captain.

According to SAGU Assistant Coach Alex Vasquez, his strengths include an aggressive drive on offense.

“Walther fights for the ball,” he said over the weekend. “He really works hard up front and brings plenty of offensive skills.”

“His height and speed will complement our other offensive players,” Vasquez added.

The Lions’ attack is expected to be generated by returning veterans Jonathon “Colocho” Ramos (Tegucigalpa, Honduras / Garringer HS), Lee Kounas (Dallas, Tx / Townview HS) and Joel Ramirez (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS). Ramos will be a junior, while Kounas and Ramirez are sophomores.

Cavazos will likely compete as a center forward or as a winger.

He played for Head Coach Christopher Dominguez at Mesquite, a Class 5A school. He was a three year starter for the Skeeters, earning All-District honors as well as Offensive Player of the Year.

"Walther is a hard worker,” his coach said. “This skill is an asset on both ends of the pitch. He plays hard and his effort is contagious."

During his senior season Cavazos led the maroon and white in assists, with 11, and was second in scoring (nine goals).

He has enjoyed much success on the club level of soccer, notably with the FC Dallas Premier 95 team and Head Coach Scott Dymond. They were ranked nationally in the Top 25.

Cavazos is one of four children to parents Victor Cavazos and Elida Caballero. He has three sisters; Karen Cavazos (21), Paula Cuellar (13) and Lucero Cuellar (11).

He was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon (Mexico) (pop. 1,130,960), and just 140 miles from the Texas border (Laredo).

Cavazos plans to study education or business at SAGU in order to become a teacher and coach in the future.

“I chose SAGU because of their amazing Christian values,” he said. “It has a great atmosphere, a good soccer program with great coaching. Its proximity to home is an added plus.”

He has been an active part of the youth group at his home church, New Life Tabernacle.

About the Lions

The Lions finished 6-12 last fall, ninth of the twelve teams in the Red River Athletic Conference. They were 10-9-5 in 2011.

Following pre-season camp, which opens on August 12, Head Coach Clem Oancea will lead the team into their first season in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Oancea (WAHN-cha), a former player on the Romanian national team, expects a young and talented crop of players this year. Hunger, desire and work ethic trump skills, according to the coach, who begins his year on campus.

SAGU opens an 18-game schedule with a trip to Houston on August 23. They will take on the University of St. Thomas (5-10-1). The squad then has three more road games in two states before their home opener on September 9 against Dallas Christian College.

Four of the Pride’s eight home matches will be broadcast in HD by SAGU Sports Live, considered the finest production in the NAIA.

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

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