Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell in their first Conference Carolinas match-up of the season to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in a 12-3 final score.
The Warriors had 14 shots in the loss to the Bobcats, with 11 of those shots being shots on goal. Abigail Welch led the team with six shots and five shots on goal. Welch was followed by Taylor Hames with five shots and four on goal. Jairy Sandoval led the team with two goals, while Welch followed with one goal in the loss. Jennifer Croxton had the lone assist for Southern Wesleyan. Sandoval had four ground balls to lead the team. Kaeleigh McDaniel was in goal for the entire game for the Warriors and had 26 saves.
Final: Lees-McRae 12, Southern Wesleyan 3
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-2 / CC 0-1) Lees-McRae (1-1 / CC 1-0)
Coach Schneider says…
"We hustled hard and improved from last game. I'm excited about our future and what it holds. Kaeleigh McDaniel came in clutch in the game. She had an awesome game!"
How It Happened
Lees-McRae attacked early on, but the shot was saved by Kaeleigh McDaniel to keep the Bobcats off the board, however the Bobcats came back moments later to take a 1-0 lead on a goal by Payton LeCompte. The Bobcats tried to push their further ahead, but Kaeleigh McDaniel kept the ball from reaching the net. Southern Wesleyan pushed onward with shots by Abigail Welch and Taylor Hames, but Dayna Decesare defended the net from their attacks. Despite a strong Warrior defense, the Bobcats went on to score five more goals to lead 6-0 at the half.
The Bobcats attacked early in the second half to take a 7-0 lead on a goal by Constance Madden. Southern Wesleyan countered with a shot by Abigail Welch, but the ball went wide left. Back-to-back goals by Beth Haynes allowed Lees-McRae to extend their lead to 8-0. With just under 20 minutes left to play, Southern Wesleyan rallied. Jennifer Croxton passed the ball to Jairy Sandoval, and Sandoval shot the ball around the goalkeeper to put the Warriors on the board. Sandoval struck again minutes later to put the Warriors down 9-2. Lees-McRae pushed their lead to 12-2, but the Warriors countered with under a minute to play on a goal by Abigail Welch. Lees-McRae won the game in a 12-3 final score.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home on February 21 as they take on the Erskine College Flying Fleet at 7 p.m. They will then take on Concordia – St. Paul on March 1 at 5 p.m.