Early Lead Not Enough For Warrior Victory

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

West Point, GA – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Point Skyhawks in a 15-7 final score on Friday evening.

The Warriors posted 16 shots and 12 shots on goal in the loss to the Skyhawks.  Latia Santos led the Warriors with seven shots and four shots on goal.  She was followed by Kelsey Hawkins with three shots and three shots on goal, and Betsy Bovee with two shots and two shots on goal.  Santos, Hawkins and Bovee each had two goals in the loss.  They were followed by Tabitha Beecher with a solo goal.  Hawkins had two of the four assists while Taylor Hames and Amy Pfefferkorn each had one assist.  The Warriors posted 25 groundballs with Kaeleigh McDaniel (six) and Santos (five) leading the team.  Santos recorded all 10 draw controls for the Warriors.  Carley Pace caused three turnovers.  McDaniel recorded 15 saves during the loss.

 

Game Vitals

Final: Point 15, Southern Wesleyan 7

Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-2) Point (2-0)

 

Coach Schneider says…

"We had to make some last minute adjustments going into this game.  It allowed some players like Betsy Bovee to step up on offense and defense.  We are still working on becoming more consistent, but are making progress especially in assists as over half of our goals were assisted today."

 

How It Happened

Southern Wesleyan charged out of the gate as Latia Santos got the ball and put it in the net to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.  The Warriors pushed ahead as a foul allowed Kelsey Hawkins to take a free position shot and score her first career goal.  Southern Wesleyan continued to challenge as Jocelyn Cosgrove and Santos each took shots, but the shots did not land.  However, a goal by Betsy Bovee off a pass from Hawkins allowed the Warriors to take a 3-0 lead with twenty minutes left to play.  Point would not go down quietly as Anne Jarrett and Alexandra Millican scored back-to-back goals to allow the Skyhawks to tie the game 3-3.  Latia Santos won a draw control and sprinted down the field and put the ball in the net to allow the Warriors to regain the lead.  Point continued to challenge, taking a 6-5 point advantage at the half.

The Warriors responded in the second half as Taylor Hames passed the ball over to Tabitha Beecher who put the ball in the net to tie the game at six.  The tie was short lived as Anne Jarrett put the ball around the Warrior defense to allow the Skyhawks to regain the lead.  The Skyhawks continued to pepper the goal, but Kaeleigh McDaniel kept the balls out of the net to keep the Warriors down by one.  Point pushed ahead on goals by Amanda Dalton and A'Miracle Winters to allow the Skyhawks to take their lead to 9-6. Despite a goal by Kelsey Hawkins, Point continued to push their lead ahead to win the game 15-7.

 

What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will remain on the road on February 9 as they take on the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels at 1 p.m.  They will then return to Childs Field in Central, SC as they host the Columbia Koalas on February 21 at 6 p.m.  The Warriors will then travel to Lee on February 23 to take on the Flames at 2 p.m.