The offense of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer team nearly matched the soaring heat index Friday in Moore, Oklahoma against the Randall University Saints.
The Lions scored a pair of second-half goals for the 3-1 win in their season opener.
SAGU was buoyed by the addition of newcomer Amos Koryon, an international student from Liberia. Head men’s soccer coach Clem Oancea said he was waiting for Amos to become eligible and anticipated that the “back line would become more organized and sharper” with his addition.
Oancea was right.
Koryon’s impact was felt on the first goal when he assisted Guillermo Estrada, a freshman from Mesquite, in finding the back of the net at the 26: 00-minute mark of the first half.
A defensive lapse led to a Randall University goal on a breakaway to tie the match 1-1 about two minutes of game time later.
The Lions continued to create opportunities throughout the remainder of the first half but could not find the back of the net.
The second half was a physical contest with both teams fighting hard for possession.
Heriberto Diaz, a freshman from Ferris, muscled his way between two defenders and broke the 1-1 tie with 14 minutes remaining in the second half.
With a 2-1 lead, the Lions settled in, focused, and looked for an opportunity to increase their lead while playing solid defensive soccer. They were rewarded in the final two minutes when Bryan Callejas, a junior from North Richland Hills, sent a textbook cross into the box and found Diaz for his second goal of the match.
The Lions resumed their season at home on Tuesday against Paul Quinn College of Dallas. The final score was not available as of press time.