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Breakaway play by Ramirez sets-up Pino for goal

SAGU returns home on Saturday vs. #14 ranked WBU

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma  --  In a conference game in which both teams fired six shots on goal, Southwestern Assemblies of God University managed to score once while Mid-America Christian University converted four in a 4-1 triumph.

The Lions' struggle with errors and choices in the clutch proved costly as their record slipped to 3-6 in all games. They are now 0-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. MACU is 5-3-1 and 1-2.

SAGU yielded a quick goal when the Evangels netted a header on a corner kick just three minutes into the game.

Then the Lions buried the equalizer.

Quick as a shell on a pea at a carnival, sophomore forward Joel Ramirez (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) got behind the defense with the ball. One-on-one with goalie Tyler McIntosh, his shot was pushed wide by the keeper, where Santiago Pino (Medellin, Colombia / Frisco HS) scored on the rebound.

Finishing close games has been the achilles heel for SAGU. It has become too familiar over the past year.

Just minutes later, knotted at a goal apiece, MACU tallied twice after defensive breakdowns.

A SAGU foul led to a free kick by Marcelo Lima. He responded with a blast from the left side for what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 35th minute.

Less than four minutes further into the game Lima turned a turnover by the Lions into a 3-1 lead. He assisted a breakaway score by Raphael Bonelle.

Though they had only seven shots, MACU had a two-goal margin at intermission.

SAGU doubled the hosts in shots, 10-5, in the second half, but could never tickle the twine.

The Evangels netted a fourth score, also from Bonelle (his fifth) with an assist from Lima again, at the 70:23 mark.

The Lions, who wore their gold uniforms, were cited for 18 of the game’s 31 fouls. MACU drew four yellow cards.

Head Coach Clem Oancea (WAHN-cha) discussed what separated the evenly matched teams.

“We played good soccer with great combinations,” he pointed out. “The problem is that the silly, simple choices and mistakes are the one that keep us from staying in the game.”

“When we clean that up we can contend with the best. We have proven we can play with anyone.”

Sophomore Lee Kounas (Oak Cliff, Tx / Townview HS) led the Lions with six shots. SAGU had a 16-12 advantage in shots.

Upcoming Games

The Lions will be back in action again on Tuesday in the Oklahoma City suburb of Bethany. Southwestern Christian University (6-3, 1-1 in SAC) will entertain SAGU at 3:00pm.

The Eagles have outscored their opponents this season, 20-10. They had an 11-7 ledger last fall. In 2011 SCU was 5-10-4. Three years ago they rolled to a 20-3 mark.

SAGU, however, leads the series, 1-0-1; winning at home 2-1, tying at SCU, 2-2, both in 2011.

Next Saturday the Purple Pride returns to Waxahachie where they will welcome No. 14 ranked Wayland Baptist University. The Pioneers are 8-1-1 and 3-0 in league play. It is slated to begin at 2:00pm.

Make-Up Date with the Stars

The postponed soccer match against Oklahoma City University (4-4 / 1-1) will be made up at home on Monday, November 4.

It was called on September 28 due to lingering lightning within a three mile radius of the campus.

Game time and location has yet to be made official.

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

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