Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan picked up their first program Conference Carolinas victory on Saturday as they defeated the Chowan Hawks in a 15-4 final score.
The Warriors recorded 50 shots and 33 shots on goal in the victory over the Hawks. Amy Pfefferkorn and Latia Santos led the Warriors in shots and shots on goal. Pfefferkorn posted 12 shots and six shots on goal while Santos followed with 11 shots and eight shots on goal. Jocelyn Cosgrove led the team with four goals on the afternoon. Cosgrove was followed by Pfefferkorn and Santos each with three goals, and Betsy Bovee with two goals. Kelsey Hawkins and Santos had the lone assists of the day.
Southern Wesleyan posted 18 ground balls with Jairy Sandoval leading the team with six. Latia Santos led the Warriors with nine of the 14 draw controls. Southern Wesleyan had four caused turnovers. Kaeleigh McDaniel played the whole game in goal and collected eight saves while allowing only four goals.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 15, Chowan 4
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-8 / CC 1-3) Chowan (0-8 / CC 0-7)
Coach Schneider says…
"Every game our goal is to make history… and today we continued to do that. We not only got our first win at home, but we got our first conference win. We were able to win draw controls and ground balls. That's something that we have been working on. We had great ball movement throughout the game. Not only in transition, but down on the offensive end. On offense, Jocelyn stepped up and was able to score four goals. Amy and Latia both had hat tricks. Defensively, our slides and communication have improved so much throughout the season. Defense had great checks, and Maddie had a crucial back check going into the half that kept them from scoring. I'm so proud of this team and the progress that we continue to make."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan made their presence known early as both Latia Santos and Amy Pfefferkorn took shots, but the Chowan defense kept the ball out of the net. The Warriors would not let that discourage them as a foul in the eight-meter allowed Betsy Bovee to score the first goal of the game on a free position attempt. Minutes later the Warriors attacked again as Latia Santos got the ball to Bovee for her to score the second goal of the game. Chowan countered with a goal by Misten White, but the Warriors did not falter as they took a 4-1 lead on back-to-back goals by Latia Santos. The Hawks continued to fight, but the Warriors defense thwarted their every attack. Southern Wesleyan extended their lead on a free position goal by Amy Pfefferkorn and a goal by Jairy Sandoval to lead 6-1 at the half.
Southern Wesleyan charged out on the attack in the second half with back-to-back shots by Kelsey Hawkins, but both were thwarted by goalkeeper Mallory Dunker. The Warriors continued to pressure as Tabitha Beecher scored off a free position attempt for the first goal of the second half. Kelsey Hawkins followed with a goal of her own to put the Warriors ahead 8-1 with just over twenty-five minutes left on the clock. Seconds later Jocelyn Cosgrove got fouled in the eight meter to earn a shot at a free position, getting the ball around the defense for her first goal of the game. Southern Wesleyan continued to attack as both Skylar Taylor and Hawkins took shots on goal, but Dunker prevented the Warriors from extending the lead further. The Warriors would not let up as their attempts finally paid off as Amy Pfefferkorn scored her second goal of the game. A goal by Santos off a pass by Hawkins allowed the Warriors to take a ten goal advantage and made the score 11-1. Chowan countered with goals of their own to end the running clock period, however back-to-back goals by Jocelyn Cosgrove allowed running clock to resume. Southern Wesleyan continued to push ahead with free position goals by Cosgrove and Amy Pfefferkorn to win the game 15-4.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home as they host the North Greenville Crusaders on March 28 at 4 p.m. They will travel to Franklin Springs, GA to take on the Emmanuel Lions on April 4 at 4 p.m.