Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan took down the Lees-McRae Bobcats Saturday evening in a 3-2 final.
The Warriors took 10 shots during the first Conference Carolinas match-up of the season with six shots on goal. Zackery White led the team with three shots. Both White and Zack Hargreaves lead the team with two shots on goal. White recorded two goals and Hargreaves posted one. Miguel Uribe played the whole game in goal for the Warriors and recorded six saves.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 3, Lees-McRae 2
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-3 / CC 1-0) Lees-McRae (1-3 / CC 0-1)
Coach Bireline says…
"We have continued to test ourselves each day. Our group showed a lot of toughness and grit tonight. Lees-McRae is always a quality side that brings unique challenges. I'm proud of our willingness to stick with the process while continuing to love, trust and believe in each other."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan broke out early with a shot by Zackery White, but Lees-McRae countered with shots by Augustin Ortiz, Fredrik Haave and Anders Stoakes. The Warriors countered with shots by Malik Ibrahim, but the Bobcats blocked the ball from the net. Moments later, the Warriors took a 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman Zackery White. Lees-McRae countered with a goal by Mikael Saekingstad to tie the game at one. Right before the half, Pol Vassart took a penalty kick that went into the goal to put the Bobcats up 2-1 going into the half.
The Warriors put the pressure on in the second half with back-to-back goals by Zack Hargreaves and Zackery White to put Southern Wesleyan up 3-2. The Bobcats would not go down quietly as Agustin Ortiz and Anders Stoakes took shots on the goal, but Miguel Uribe got in between the ball and the goal to keep Lees-McRae from putting another point on the board. Southern Wesleyan kept Lees-McRae back to win the game 3-2.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to North Georgia to take the Nighthawks on September 12 at 7 p.m. They will then continue Conference Carolinas action on September 15 as they travel to Wilson, North Carolina to take on the Barton Bulldogs at 4 p.m.