The Southwestern Assemblies of God University womenís soccer team has released their 2013 schedule. It includes 15 games, nine of them on the road.
This will be the Lady Lions first season in the Sooner Athletic Conference, and they will play in eight league contests. Half of them will be played at the teamís on-campus pitch, which is located adjacent to the Sheaffer Center.
Third-year head coach Mandy Fortnerís team will have its work cut out for it down the stretch, so the team will need a good start. Their final five opponents all had winning marks in 2012.
Of the teamís six home tilts, only one is against a team with a losing record. Combined, foes who venture to Waxahachie this year had a .617 winning percentage a year ago.
Soccer fans can catch some great action in high-quality match ups in the Lady Lionsí home itinerary.†
The first contest is on the first day of school, Sept. 4, against Johnson & Wales University. The Denver-based Wildcats will be playing in their inaugural season.
The next two foes, Our Lady of the Lake University (9-9-1) and Oklahoma City University (20-2), are on tap for Sept. 20 and 28 visits to town.†
Last year, SAGU stunned the Lady Saints, 1-0, with a goal in the 89th minute. OLLU was 5-0 in the RRAC at the time. The OKC Stars shut out 16 teams in 2012 and climbed to No. 5 in the nation by the end of the regular season.
Three others are on the slate in October. Wayland Baptist University (8-9-1) comes to town the 12th, then John Brown University (9-6-2) on the 24th, before the Lady Lions close their schedule with Science & Arts (11-7-1) on the 29th.†
Five of the nine teams SAGU will face on the road had winning marks.†
Fans can follow SAGU to a few of their Texas road games to Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton on Sept. 14 and then they tangle with the University of Houston at Victoria on Sept. 25.
SAGU has two matches within 45 minutes of campus; in Cedar Hill against Northwood University on Oct. 19 and in Fort Worth when they clash with Texas Wesleyan University on Oct. 25.
Games against Mary Hardin-Baylor and Louisiana College are teams from the NCAAís Division 3.
The Lady Lions travel to Kansas for a pair of season-opening matches Aug. 28-29. Those games will be against Southwestern College (10-9) and Sterling College (13-6). Both the Moundbuilders and the Warriors defeated SAGU with identical 2-1 scores last fall.
Fortnerís 2013 team will have as many new players as it does return veterans. The challenging schedule will provide plenty of opportunities to prove themselves.