Morrow, GA – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Clayton State Lakers in a 5-1 final.
Southern Wesleyan posted 13 shots with eight shots on goal. Jhon Peter Mareus led the team with four shots, with Alex Olson following him with two shots. Three Warriors posted two shots on goal. Jhon Peter Mareus scored the lone goal for the Warriors. Israel Evans had the lone assist for Southern Wesleyan. Miguel Uribe had five saves while allowing four goals. Fackety Occil had one save in his first appearance in goal.
Final: Clayton State 5, Southern Wesleyan 1
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-3), Clayton State (3-2)
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan's Grant Kiker and Sergio Tapia put back-to-back shots on the goal, but neither ball made it into the net. However, minutes later, Miguel Posada shot the ball back to the goal and then Jhon Peter Mareus headed the ball into the goal to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead over the Lakers. The Lakers attempted to counter on a shot by Juuso Ollila, but the ball went high. The Lakers attempted to counter on a shot that was saved by Miguel Uribe to keep them from tying the game. However, Clayton State was not done, with Dean Foster and Kwaku Dwamena scoring back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead. Alex Olson drove the ball toward the goal off of a corner kick from Juan Sebastian Castro, however Lakers goalkeeper Leuri Fraire got hold of the ball to save the Lakers lead. Clayton state went on to score another goal to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the first half. The Clayton State Lakers struck first in the second half to pull their lead to 4-1 on a goal by Kwaku Dwamena to give him a hat trick. The Lakers went on to win the game 5-1.
Southern Wesleyan will return home on September 16 to host Belmont Abbey in Conference Carolinas action. The Warriors will take on the Crusaders at 7 p.m. They will then travel to Columbia International to take on the Rams on September 19 at 7 p.m.