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California duo produces Lady Lions lone goal

SAGU at home on Tuesday at 4:00pm vs. USAO

lambdin-in-airWAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The California Combination may have struck gold on Saturday, but the rush didn’t result in a women’s soccer victory.

Junior Amber Belisle (Roseville, Cal / Whitney HS) and her sidekick Amy Lambdin (Stockton, Cal / Elliot Christian) collaborated for Southwestern Assemblies of God University during a 3-1 setback against St. Gregory’s University (Okla).

The West Coast duo, which combined for 14 goals and six assists in their first two years in purple, had yet to register a single goal or assist this season.

Both had answered the call to play away from the frontline to help with the team’s need for defense and ball control. They have helped shore up the squad’s defensive resistance, which was lacking primarily due to attrition.

Lambdin, the team’s leading scorer in 2012, set up the score from just outside the box.

Positioned on the left side, twenty yards from the goal, she sent an accurate cross as Belisle (bah-LIE-yul) made a move towards a crease in the defense.

She one-timed the pass, beating the keeper, 5-foot-10 Haylee Merrill, to the far post.

“It was a great play,” pointed out Head Coach Mandy Fortner. “The goalie had no chance to make a play. We needed that kind of lift.”

The Lady Lions had been outscored 12-0 in their first six league games. Blanked in eight of their last nine contests, they hadn't scored at all in the last month.belisle-kick-at-lumpkins

The contest was a grinder, defensively. The Lady Cavaliers fired 15 shots, just nine of them on goal, while SAGU sent six with the intention of scoring. Five were on goal, including two each by Belisle and Justine Lopez (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS).

St. Gregory’s was credited with three goals, all of them of the soft variety.

The first was an accident when SAGU goalie Haley Shingleton (Deer Park, Tx / Deer Park HS) booted a free kick that ricocheted off of Riley Wilkins directly into the goal for a 1-0 Drovers lead.

Wilkins added a second tally when she booted a shot that went through Shingleton’s hands for a 2-0 lead just after intermission. That proved to be the game winner.

She scored a hat trick with the Cav’s third goal in the 79th minute.

The win moved St. Gregory’s out of a last place tie with SAGU. Their overall record improved to 6-7-1 while their mark in the Sooner Athletic Conference moved to 1-6.

It was the tenth loss in a row for the Lady Lions, now 2-13 and 0-7.

They will be back in action on Tuesday, at home against the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma at 1:00pm. USAO is 4-9 in all games and 3-4 in the SAC.

SAGU’s final home game is next week, November 4, against No. 19 ranked Oklahoma City University. The location of that game has yet to be determined. A lighted pitch is needed.

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

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