A year after dominating the University of Houston at Victoria, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s soccer dropped a forgettable 8-2 decision on the coast.
UHV now sports an 8-2 record after winning its seventh successive game, outscoring their foes by a 26-6 margin in the process. The Lions’ two goals against them were the most by any team during their streak.
SAGU gave up a goal in less than 10 minutes and trailed at intermission, 4-0. The Jaguars had a 12-3 advantage in shots at the half, and had collected all four of the game’s cornerkicks. It didn’t get much better for the Lions.
UHV had a 17-3 upper hand in shots in the second 45-minute stanza, and added nine more corner kicks. They doubled SAGU in fouls as their physical style took charge of the game.
The Lions broke through for their first goal in the 50th minute when Robert Ambrosie found the range. That cut the deficit to 4-1.
Seven minutes later UHV, also a member of the NAIA, broke the game wide open with three scores in a span of just seven minutes.
The Lions netted the game’s final tally on a kick by Joel Ramirez, of Red Oak. It came in the 85th minute.
Both SAGU tallies were made by sophomores.
The Lions pair of goalies each played a half and Cesar Galvan got the start. He yielded four goals and made three saves. Sophomore Cesar had the exact same numbers in his 45-minute stint.
Sophomore Lee Kounas led the squad with two shots.
The Lady Lions didn’t fare much better in their match with UHV.
Senior forward Natalie Pena scored off of a free kick in the second half, but it couldn’t prevent Southwestern Assemblies of God University from falling 5-1.
The 5-foot-5-inch Pena deflected a free kick into the net with assists from Ashley Nop and Kaylie Cox, of Midlothian.
Cox, who has one of the strongest legs on the team, put the ball in play with a free kick.
SAGU, now 1-6 on the season, managed just seven shots, though five of them were on goal.
UHV, who evened its record at 4-4, controlled the ball and the pace of the game. The team ended the match with 23 shots, 11 of them on goal.
“Their speed up front really took its toll,” SAGU women’s soccer coach Mandy Fortner said. “Our defense wasn’t able to keep up with them. They made us seem slow and unorganized in comparison.”
The Lady Jaguars scored their first goal on a crossing pass that was headed into the back of the net by Caroline Carvajal in the 19th minute.
The game stayed tight until late in the half. Katia Trevino scored the first of her back-to-back goals, each coming on assists from Megan Huerta. The second, in the 54th minute, put SAGU in a 3-0 hole.
Both goals came when Trevino got past the defense and beat the Lions goalie one-on-one.
They added two more scores, one in the 86th minute, with similar defensive breakdowns.
Pena performed well at forward and in the midfield area, according to Coach Fortner, as did freshman goalie Kathleen Espinosa. She was practically defenseless on the goals she allowed.
Amber Belisle, a senior, and Madi Thornley each booted two shots.
Both teams will be back in action again Friday afternoon on the road against Mid-America Christian University, which is located in Oklahoma City.