Central, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan fell to North Georgia in the home opener on Thursday evening in a 2-1 final score.
The Warriors took 19 shots, with seven on goal. Marcel Joseph led the team with six shots and two shots on goal. He was followed by Sergio Tapia with four shots, and Grant Kiker and Sebastian Castro with three shots apiece. Sergio Tapia had the lone goal for the Warriors. Miguel Uribe played the whole game in goal for the Warriors, having eight saves and two goals against in his first game of the season.
Final: North Georgia 2, Southern Wesleyan 1
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-1), North Georgia (1-0)
Coach Bireline says…
"University of North Georgia is always a solid opponent. Our guys showed a lot of resilience and pride to fight their way through the match. We will continue to grow and build."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan's struck first with freshman Grant Kiker taking a shot on the goal that went wide. The Nighthawks countered with repeated shots against goal keeper, Miguel Uribe. The intensity rising, each team took shots on the goal. With barely a minute remaining in the first half of play, North Georgia's Alex Grant scored the first goal of the game to give the Nighthawks a 1-0 lead over the Warriors.
In the second half, the Nighthawks lengthened their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Gabriel Garcia. The Warriors would not go down without a fight, as Sergio Tapia was fouled in the box to gain a penalty kick in a direct face-off against the Nighthawk goalkeeper. Tapia took his time and drilled the ball past Cade Minton to put the Warriors on the board behind the Nighthawks. Southern Wesleyan could not pull ahead, as the North Georgia took a 2-1 victory.
Southern Wesleyan will travel to Young Harris on September 2 at 7 p.m. They will return to Childs Field on September 5 to take on the Bob Jones Bruins at home before traveling to North Greenville on September 9 to take on the Crusaders in their first Conference Carolinas game of the season.