Cleveland, GA – Southern Wesleyan picked up their first win in program history on Tuesday as they defeated the Truett-McConnell Bears in a 17-4 final score.
The Warriors recorded 28 shots and 22 shots on goal in the victory over the Bears. Skylar Taylor, Amy Pfefferkorn and Latia Santos led the team with five shots apiece. Southern Wesleyan posted a program high 17 goals in the victory with Santos leading the Warriors with five goals. Santos was followed by Pfefferkorn and Taylor Hames with three goals each, and Skylar Taylor with two goals. Four Warriors recorded solo goals in the game. Santos led the Warriors with three of the four assists.
Southern Wesleyan posted 14 ground balls with Kelsey Hawkins, Betsy Bovee and Payton Pruitt each recording three. Latia Santos had 11 of the 13 draw controls. The Warriors had six caused turnovers with Skylar Taylor leading the team with two. Kaeleigh McDaniel played all sixty minutes in the goal and recorded nine saves in her first goalkeeper win.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 17, Truett-McConnell 4
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-4) Truett-McConnell (0-2)
Coach Schneider says…
"I am really proud of the team. All of their hard work has paid off. We worked well throughout the game. Everyone had each other's back and we were pushing each other's every play. Having both Latia Santos and Jairy Sandoval back definitely helped. The team's focus today was to control the draw and ground balls, and we were able to do that. Offensively, we were able to have multiple people score, and we had several assists. We changed up our transition and it showed. Excited to continue to make history."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan jumped out early as Latia Santos won the first draw control of the game and charged down the field to put the ball in the net to put the Warriors up 1-1. Truett-McConnell countered moments later to tie the game at one. However, the tie was short lived as Jocelyn Cosgrove took a pass from Santos and put the ball in to allow Southern Wesleyan to regain the lead. The Warriors continued to control the ball as Taylor Hames and Skylar Taylor scored back-to-back goals to put Southern Wesleyan up 4-1. Hames was fouled in the eight meter to lead to a free position shot which she took to the net to give the Warriors a 5-1 lead. Southern Wesleyan continued to push ahead with goals by Betsey Bovee and Taylor. The Bears challenged back with shots by Hope Foster, but Kaeleigh McDaniel defended the goal to keep Truett-McConnell off the board. Southern Wesleyan continued to push ahead with goals by Kelsey Hawkins, Latia Santos, Amy Pfefferkorn and Tabitha Beecher. The Warriors led 12-1 at the half.
Southern Wesleyan continued to push ahead in the start of the second half as Latia Santos won the draw and pushed the ball down the field and score to give the Warriors a 13-1 lead. Santos won the draw a second time and passed the ball to Amy Pfefferkorn who put it in the net to extend Southern Wesleyan's lead even further. Truett-McConnell continued to challenge as they took several shots, but the Warriors defense and Kaeleigh McDaniel protected the net. The Bears put another goal on the board as Kathryn Hipe made a free position shot to put them down 13-2. Goals by Latia Santos and Taylor Hames allowed the Warriors to maintain the lead over the Bears. Southern Wesleyan went on to win the game 17-4.
Southern Wesleyan will return to Childs Field on February 28 as they host the Columbia Koalas at 6 p.m. They will remain at home on March 9 as they host their first Conference Carolinas game of the season against the University of Mount Olive at noon.