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September 15, 2018 | Blake Cochran

The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men and women soccer teams visited Huston-Tillotson Thursday in a non-conference NAIA battle.

The Lady Lions were unable to stop Alyssa Cuevas for the Rams who scored a hat trick on back to back to back goals. She would be a force they knew they had to stop with her being in the top 20 in the nation for shots on goal, shots per game, goals per game, and points per game. Their only loss of the season came from division-1 program Southern in a 0-2 game. Despite the Rams hot start, SAGU played well out scoring the Rams 2-1 in the second half with goals coming from Messly Navarro and Rachel Freed . This would be Navarro’s fifth goal of the season and Freed’s fourth so far. They are 4-2-1 on the season with their first conference battle coming in less than two weeks.

The men’s team got out to a slow start not having a shot on goal during the first half forcing their defense to step up, allowing 1 goal from the Rams to keep the game close, 1-0. SAGU got off to a hot start for the second half and scored two straight goals, Herberto Diaz netted his seventh goal of the season which ranked him top 10 in the nation for total goals. Next came from Eduardo Sanchez who scored a much needed goal for the Lions to force the game into overtime. Sanchez is a freshman middle fielder from Mesquite, TX who attended Mesquite High School last year. The Lions would later lose a close one on penalty kicks when both defenses played well and no one scored during the overtime periods. The final score finished out being 2-3 (2OT) with the Rams defeating the Lions for their fifth loss season.

They will play a double header again on Tuesday 9/18 when Jarvis Christian visits Waxahachie to face the Lions. The women’s team is 2-2 with the men being 0-4 on the season, the Lady Lions will kick off at 2 pm with the men following after.

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

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