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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- November 8, 2015- It was a first for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s soccer team, the first time that they have qualified for the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) tournament.  Unfortunately, the historic event ended in a 1-0 loss against Oklahoma City University (OCU).

Earlier in the season SAGU lost to OCU 5-0.  In post-season, the Lady Lions came ready to play according to head coach Mandy Fortner , “We played extremely well defensively. The girls were prepared for a tough game and proved that we were a force to be reckoned with.”

The first half remained scoreless for both sides.  OCU was very aggressive on offense, taking 11 shots compared to SAGU’s two in the first half.

Near the 70 th minute of play, OCU’s Allie Glazner scored off a free kick that was perfectly placed in the upper right hand corner of the net, just out of the reach of SAGU goalkeeper Kathleen Espinosa .

“Kathleen had a great game in goal with three incredible saves that kept us at a tie. We controlled most of the second half but lacked the ability to finish. We gave up a foul on the left side of the field about 20 yards past midfield that resulted in a goal off of the direct kick,” explains Fortner.

The Lady Lions are now 9-10 for the season, which is SAGU’s winningest season on record.  November 19-21, 2015, SAGU will host the National Christian Colleges Athletic Association (NCCAA) Regional Tournament.

OCU is now 12-4-1 and will take on University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma on Monday, November 9 in the semifinals of the SAC tournament.

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 or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

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