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SAGU plays home opener on Monday

ramirez-joel-2012PINEVILLE, Louisiana  --  Louisiana College used a penalty kick by Fellipe Albuquerque to break open a defensive men’s soccer game enrout to a 3-0 triumph over Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Albuquerque added a second score three and a half minutes later to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead in the match’s 36th minute.

SAGU, 2-2 this season, managed a 6-5 edge in shots on goal, but the hosts made theirs count. Louisiana College, now 3-1, is in the NCAA’s Division III.

Overall the Wildcats owned a 12-11 advantage in shots fired.

In the sequence that led to the game’s first score, the SAGU defense was under fire by the Wildcats attack. They battled to take possession from the hosts.

An attempt to play the ball out of the box was foiled, however, when the Wildcats intercepted a pass. What followed was a defensive foul against the Pride, setting up Albuquerque’s PK.

The 5’8 sophomore is from Brazil. He led LC in scoring as a freshman, netting 10 goals and three assists.

The Lions maintained control of the ball throughout the afternoon but struggled to produce a score. Their best chance came early.

In the 19th minute, Lee Kounas (Oak Cliff, Tx / Townview HS) sent a through-ball to Robert Ambrosie (Iasi, Romania / Richard Wurmbrand HS), but his bid for glory sailed just wide of the goal post.

Joel Ramirez (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) paced the team with six shots, four of them on goal.

“It may sound unbelievable to say that we dominated in time of possession,” explained Alex Vazquez, the Lions’ Assistant Coach. “But we actually did.”

“In this game that counted for nothing, especially when you make mistakes. Turnovers usually lead to goals, and they did today.”

SAGU held a 6-5 advantage in shots at halftime, but trailed. Team Purple wasn’t able to parlay their custody of the ball into scores.

The Lions racked up five corner kicks, but the more physical Wildcats - who drew four yellow cards, kept them from converting their advances. LC was cited for 16 of the game’s 26 fouls.

An unassisted tally by Renato Neves in the 67th minute iced the game.

Monday's home debut airs in HD

The Lions return to the pitch on Monday, September 9, when they play their first home game of the season. SAGU will entertain Dallas Christian College at 5:00pm (CST).

The game will be broadcast in HD on SAGU Sports Live.

SAGU has taken the last three meetings and are 4-1-1 since 2005. During those encounters the Lions have outscored the Crusaders by a 16-8 count. Only once, however, have the Lions scored more than three in those games.

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

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