The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team got over Thursday’s disappointing loss at Northwood University quickly.
After blowing a late 2-0 lead as the Knights rallied for a stunning 3-2 setback in Cedar Hill, the Lions pulled off a huge triumph, on the road just two days later. This time it was SAGU who staged a come-from-behind effort, topping the LSU-Shreveport Pilots by a 2-1 verdict.
SAGU traveled 180 miles to Shreveport and after Danny Martinez tied the score in the first half, the Lions scored what turned out to be the game-winner early in the second stanza.
Perhaps the best one-on-one match-up of the game was between Martinez, the Lions’ top scorer, and Che Walcott, a 5-foot-9 sophomore defender from Venezuela.
“Danny had been battling Walcott all game long,” SAGU head coach Gerald Nichols said. “Walcott had the edge on every play until (the 48th minute). But Danny beat him in the box this time, and he was taken down, drawing a penalty.”
SAGU’s eldest player, senior Alex Vazquez, of Waxahachie High School, was called upon to shoot the penalty kick at the 47:54 mark into the contest.
“He stepped up and scored,” Nichols said of the goal. “The team has a lot of confidence in him.”
The Lions’ first goal came in the 29th minute. Following a number of attempts to score with balls sent down the middle, SAGU played one along the sideline.
Vazquez, a midfielder, won the ball from a Pilot player on the flank, lifted an air ball to Martinez, who took the sphere off his chest in the middle of a congested box. He turned from the penalty spot area and booted it past the net-minder Carson Bath.
“It was a very nice assist and shot,” praised Nichols.
SAGU, now 3-4-2 overall, is 1-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference, was outshot by LSUS by a slim (18-16) margin, though they put nine of their attempts on goal, compared to just six for the Pilots.
Martinez and Joe Ballah took five shots apiece, while Jordan Salvato fired a pair.
An effective back line of defenders; Robbie DeLeon, Riffin Kajangu, David A. Flores, Sam Cabrera and Edward Perez shielded the net from the Pilots, while sophomore keeper Cesar Galvan allowed one goal and registered five saves.
The Lions will be back in uniform today when Bacone College (2-4-1, 0-1-1 RRAC) comes to town for a 3 p.m. game. It is the first of six consecutive home games for SAGU, who play seven of their final nine at Lions Pride Park.