Due West, SC – Southern Wesleyan dropped the conference game against the Erskine Flying Fleet in a 12-8 final score on Wednesday evening.
The Warriors had 27 shots and 21 shots on goal in the loss to the Flying Fleet. Latia Santos led the team with eight shots and five shots on goal. Three Warriors followed with four shots. Santos led the Warriors with four goals. She was followed by Amy Pfefferkorn and Jocelyn Cosgrove with two goals each. Pfefferkorn had the lone assist of the afternoon. Southern Wesleyan posted 10 groundballs with Kelsey Hawkins and Santos leading with two each. Santos had three of the 10 draw controls. The Warriors recorded 13 caused turnovers. Kaeleigh McDaniel posted 16 saves.
Final: Erskine 12, Southern Wesleyan 8
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-8 / CC 0-3) Erskine (3-7 / CC 3-2)
Coach Schneider says…
"I am very proud of the team and the progress that we continue to make. Every game we are making history. We played throughout the game with heart and hustle. Latia stepped up on the draw and on offense for us. Followed up with Amy and Jocelyn adding some much needed goals. Defensively Kaeleigh was huge for us making great saves. Defense made some great stops and even caused a possession clock violation. The yellow cards caught up to us in the end when they were able to make some goals we were not able to match. But we hustled until the horn. Fans, coaches, and officials continue to comment on how impressed they are with the improvement of the team."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan came out early against Erskine as Latia Santos got around the Flying Fleet defense to put the ball into the cage for the first goal of the game. However, Erskine countered seconds later as Erin Landry scored her ninth goal of the season. The Warriors continued to pressure as Amy Pfefferkorn passed the ball to Santos who drove it to the cage for the Warriors second goal of the game. Southern Wesleyan continued to attacks with shots by Skylar Taylor and Jocelyn Cosgrove, but the Flying Fleet would not be threatened as they continued to defend their territory. A second goal by Landry allowed the Fleet to tie the Warriors 2-2. A goal by Katie Schlagenhauf put the Flying Fleet ahead 3-2, however back-to-back goals by Amy Pfefferkorn allowed the Warriors to regain the lead. The lead was short lived as Brittany Smith got around the Warriors defense to tie the game 4-4. A free position shot by Amanda Epstein with the Warriors playing man-down allowed the Flying Fleet to take a 5-4 goal advantage over the Warriors.
The Warriors spirits would not be damped as they drove toward the net. Their attempts paid off as Jocelyn Cosgrove scored a man-up free position goal to tie the game 5-5. However, the Flying Fleet countered quickly, scoring a man-down free position goal to regain the lead. The Flying Fleet continued to soar down the field on a goal by Katie Schlagenhauf to take a 7-5 goal advantage over Southern Wesleyan. Southern Wesleyan continued to push as Latia Santos pushed past the Erskine defense to put the Warriors down 6-9. With just under eleven minutes to play in the second half, the Warriors flipped the ball to Cosgrove who took it to the cage to put the Warriors down 10-7. The Warriors continued to pressure the Flying Fleet defense as both Latia Santos and Jocelyn Cosgrove took shots on goal. Despite being down 12-7, the Warriors continued to pressure as Santos took a free position shot to score the eighth goal of the game for Southern Wesleyan.
Southern Wesleyan will return to Childs Field on March 20 as they host the Chowan Hawks at noon. They will remain at home on March 28 as they host the North Greenville Crusaders at 4 p.m.