Banner Elk, NC – Southern Wesleyan defeated the Lees-McRae Bobcats in a 16-12 final score on Thursday afternoon.
The Warriors took 34 shots and had 23 shots on goal in their fourth win of the season. Latia Santos led the team with 12 shots and seven shots on goal. Santos was followed by Amy Pfefferkorn with nine shots and seven shots on goal, and Jocelyn Cosgrove with seven shots and six shots on goal. Pfefferkorn led the team with seven goals on the afternoon and two assists. She was followed by Santos with five goals and Cosgrove with four. Tabitha Beecher also had a goal and an assist in the victory, and Kelsey Hawkins recorded a lone assist.
Southern Wesleyan won 19 draw controls with Latia Santos leading the team with 10. The Warriors caused 11 turnovers during the game. Jairy Sandoval led the team with three caused turnovers. She was followed by Kaeleigh McDaniel and Jesse Soles each with two. Kaeleigh McDaniel played all sixty minutes in goal for the Warriors, collecting 12 saves.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 16, Lees-McRae 12
Records: Southern Wesleyan (4-10 / CC 3-5) Lees-McRae (1-10 / CC 1-7)
Coach Schneider says...
"I am very proud of the team and how everyone played together. Our big focus this year has been working together which will lead to breaking records and making history. This game was a huge success all around for us. Every game we continue to break records and rewrite the record books. Latia is setting the new all time goals scored, all time points, and all time draw controls in a season. Amy has now set two records; 7 goals in a game and 9 points in a game. Jocelyn has been a huge factor in our offensive success. And Tabitha and Betsy also have stepped up and helped with our offensive ball movement. Offense has stepped up big time. When we were down they fought through pressure and were able to take the lead back and maintain it. Defense has been working on talking more. Carley Pace helped hold one of their best players to only one goal. Defense had some great checks and battled through to help lead the team to victory. Excited to see what else this season has in store with our last two regular season games."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan attacked first as Amy Pfefferkorn put the ball in the cage to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead over Lees-McRae three minutes into the first half. The Bobcats countered minutes later as Madi Barry score the first goal for Lees-McRae to tie the game 1-1, and then went on to take the lead on a goal by Victoria Orozco. Southern Wesleyan countered as Amy Pfefferkorn put the ball in the cage for the second time of the game to make the score 2-3. Despite being down 5-2, the Warriors continued to pressure as Tabitha Beecher passed the ball to Pfefferkorn who scored to make the game 5-3. Pfefferkorn continued to pressure the Bobcats, scoring the fourth goal of the game for the Warriors. Latia Santos gained the draw control and rushed the ball down the field to score and allow the Warriors to tie the game 5-5. The Warriors pressured on as Jocelyn Cosgrove scored her first goal of the game to make the score 6-5, however the Bobcats quickly countered to tie the game off a goal by Kalbie Grassett. Back-to-back goals by Latia Santos allowed the Warriors to take an 8-6 lead going into the half.
The Warriors charged out in the second half as Amy Pfefferkorn passed the ball to Jocelyn Cosgrove who drove the ball into the cage to give the Warriors a 9-6 lead. Southern Wesleyan continued to push ahead as Amy Pfefferkorn scored her fifth goal of the game to take the Warriors lead to 10-6. Lees-McRae challenged back as Aley Shepard scored for the Bobcats to make the score 10-7. A foul in the eight meter allowed Kelsey Hawkins to take a free position. Hawkins flipped the ball to Amy Pfefferkorn to score to make the score 11-7. The Warriors would not slow as Pfefferkorn passed the Tabitha Beecher and she took the ball to the cage to give Southern Wesleyan a 12-7 goal advantage. The Bobcats continued to challenge as they scored two more, but a goal by Latia Santos kept the Warriors at a four goal lead. The Bobcats continued to pepper the defense, but Kaeleigh McDaniel remained collected in the goal to keep the game under control. Despite a goal by the Bobcats, Amy Pfefferkorn pressured the ball down to score her sixth goal of the game and make the score 14-11. The Warriors continued to push ahead as Jocelyn Cosgrove wove around the Bobcats defense to make the score 15-11. Santos made a free position goal to give the Warriors a 16-12 victory over Lees-McRae.
Southern Wesleyan will next return to Childs Field as they host the Converse Valkyries on April 13 at 5 p.m. They will then hit the road to conclude regular season play on April 17 to play the Belmont Abbey Crusaders.