Franklin Springs, GA – Southern Wesleyan took down the Emmanuel Lions in a 12-7 final on Thursday evening.
The Warriors had 29 shots and 18 shots on goal in the victory over the Lions. Latia Santos led the Warriors with nine shots and three shots on goal. Santos was followed by Tabitha Beecher with five shots and four shots on goal, and Amy Pfefferkorn with four shots and three shots on goal. Kelsey Hawkins, Jocelyn Cosgrove and Beecher each recorded three goals to lead the team. Pfefferkorn had two goals and Betsy Bovee recorded a solo goal. Pfefferkorn went on to lead the team with three of the six assists. Santos followed with two and Hawkins posted one.
Southern Wesleyan had 12 draw controls with Jairy Sandoval leading the team with five. Sandoval was followed by Latia Santos with four draw controls in the victory. The Warriors posted 10 ground balls. Kelsey Hawkins and Tricia Sands led the team with two apiece. Sands went on to lead the team with two of the seven caused turnovers. Kaeleigh McDaniel picked up her third win in goal as she recorded eight saves during the game.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 12, Emmanuel 7
Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-9 / CC 2-4) Emmanuel (0-9 / CC 0-7)
Coach Schneider says...
"This year has been all about making history. And we were able to do that again tonight. Had another big conference win that keeps us in eighth place in the conference. We had greeat ball movement on offense and were able to get multiple assists tonight. Amy Pfefferkorn had two goals and three assists which was huge for her. Kelsey Hawkins was able to get a hat trick and an assist. And Jocelyn Cosgrove and Tabitha Beecher both had a hat trick. Betsy Bovee also scored. So we had some great looks offensively. Defensively we were able to slow them down on offense. Towards the end it got a little physical so we were man down, but we were able to slide and talk a lot to limit them from scoring. Overall a great team win and looking forward to more."
How It Happened
The Emmanuel Lions won the first draw control of the afternoon as Aleah Marijanich walked away with the ball in her stick, however the Warriors quickly gained control and pushed the ball down to their side of the field. Jocelyn Cosgrove received the ball from Amy Pfefferkorn to put the Warriors ahead 1-0 with just over twenty six minutes remaining in the first half. Just under a minute later, Pfefferkorn continued to pressure the Lions defense putting the ball in the cage to give Southern Wesleyan a 2-0 lead. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure with shots on goal by Skylar Taylor, Tabitha Beecher and Pfefferkorn, but the Lions goalkeeper Tiana Machado defended the cage from the Warriors attempts. The Lions countered to score their first goal of the game with just under twenty minutes remaining as Kori Payne passed the ball to Rheagan Wessels to put them down 2-1. However, Southern Wesleyan quickly countered as Latia Santos won the draw control and Jocelyn Cosgrove put the ball in the cage for the second time of the game. Southern Wesleyan continued to move the ball down the field as Tabitha Beecher became the third Warrior of the afternoon to put the ball in the cage to give the Warriors a 4-1 goal advantage. Kelsey Hawkins was fouled in the eight meter circle to earn a free positon attempt for the Warriors. Hawkins scored her fifth goal of the season on the attempt to give the Warriors a 5-1 lead. The Lions continued to attack the Warriors defense, but Kaeleigh McDaniel kept the cage clear. Southern Wesleyan countered to drive down the field as Hawkins passed the ball to Amy Pfefferkorn who put it in for the second time of the afternoon to give the Warriors a 6-1 goal lead with just over three minutes remaining in the first half. However the Lions quickly countered with back-to-back goals by Aleah Marijanich and Shannan Sapp to put them down 6-3 at the half.
Southern Wesleyan struck first in the second half as Carley Pace picked up a ground ball to lead to a good clear for the Warriors. As the Warriors drove the ball down the field Latia Santos passed the ball to Kelsey Hawkins who put it in the cage to give the Warriors a 7-3 goal advantage. Just over a minute later the Warriors attacked again as Santos passed the ball to Tabitha Beecher and allow her to extend the Warriors lead to 8-3. Emmanuel countered seconds later on a goal by Shannno Sapp, but a goal by Betsy Bovee with just over 24 minutes to play allow the Warriors to maintain a five goal advantage to make the score 9-4. The Lions continued to pressure the Warriors defense as Val Pokrovskaya scored to put them within four goals and make the score 9-5. Southern Wesleyan's spirits would not be damped as they regained their five goal advantage. Amy Pfefferkorn passed the ball up to Tabitha Beecher who put it in the cage to put the Warriors up 10-5. Then seconds later Kelsey Hawkins drove the ball into the cage to give them an 11-5 goal advantage. The Lions prowled down the field as Kori Payne scored their sixth goal of the game with just over 14 minutes left in the second half. However, the Warriors pushed ahead as Amy Pfefferkorn picked up her third assist of the day when she passed the ball up to Jocelyn Cosgrove to put it in and give the Warriors a 12-6 advantage. The Lions put one more goal on the board, however Southern Wesleyan walked away with their second Conference Carolinas victory of the season as they defeated the Emmanuel Lions 12-7.
Southern Wesleyan will remain on the road as they travel to Gaffney, SC to take on the Limestone Saints on April 6 at 12 p.m. They will then travel to Banner Elk, NC as they take on the Lees-McRae Bobcats on April 11 at 4 p.m.