WAXAHACHIE — It has been quite a week for the Lady Lion soccer team.
The Southwestern Assemblies of God University Lady Lions first picked up a conference win, then received conference recognition and, most recently, punched their ticket to the NCCAA regional tournament.
SAGU defeated Mid-America Christian University 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon to improve to 9-7 overall and move to fourth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference with a 5-3 record. This victory solidified the Lady Lions' qualification into the NCCAA Regional Tournament.
In the first half, junior Rachel Freed initiated a point onto the scoreless board to give SAGU the 1-0 lead. The score remained 1-0 throughout the rest of the first half’s regulation time. In the second half, Mid-America came back and responded with a goal of their own to a tie the match at one-all.
The Lady Lions persevered, and in the final 10 minutes of the second half, senior Nadine Jaimes sent in the winning goal and 2-1 SAGU win. The goal was her 15th of the season and came just one day removed from her being named the SAC Offensive Player of the Week.
Jaimes, a senior forward from Mesquite, scored three goals and assisted on another in games against Texas Wesleyan and St. Gregory’s University last week. Jaimes had two goals and an assist in SAGU’s 3-0 victory over St. Gregory’s University on Senior Day. Jaimes currently has 15 goals for the season.
Coach Paul Hason was pleased with the effort put forth by his squad to win on the road in Sooner Athletic Conference play. "I’m very proud and excited for the Lady Lions. We played a great opponent who we knew was going to utilize their home field advantage. Despite us giving up a goal in the second half, we stuck to our game plan until the end and were able to finish strong,” explained Hason.
Last Saturday afternoon, the Lady Lions defeated St Gregory’s University 3-0 on SAGU's Senior Day.
The senior athletes recognized were Kaitlyn Flippin, Nadine Jaimes and Mariah Sanchez.
The Lady Lions came out with a bang in the first half. Three separate goals were sent to the back of St Gregory’s University’s net within the first 45 minutes of regulation. Of the goals, two were made by Jaimes and the other was sent in by freshman Lauryn Cabudol.
The second half of the game was left at a standstill with neither team finding a goal.
Assistant Coach Sarah Porter ecstatically said, “Our girls played so well! Their passing was great.”
SAGU Women’s soccer will be back in competition on Saturday, Oct. 28 against Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City at 2 p.m.