Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan took down the Converse Valkyries in a 13-6 final score on Saturday evening.
The Warriors had 29 shots and 20 shots on goal in their fifth win of the season. Latia Santos led the Warriors with 13 shots and eight shots on goal. Santos was followed by Amy Pfefferkorn with five shots and three shots on goal. Santos led the team with five goals and one assist. Pfefferkorn followed with three goals and five assists. Tabitha Beecher followed with three goals, while Kelsey Hawkins and Betsy Bovee each recorded solo goals in the game. Jairy Sandoval posted a lone assist during the game.
Southern Wesleyan had 13 ground balls with Kaeleigh McDaniel and Jairy Sandoval each having four in the victory. Latia Santos had four of the nine draw controls. The Warriors caused 11 turnovers with Sandoval leading the team with three. She was followed with Jesse Soles and Santos with two caused turnovers. Kaeleigh McDaniel played all sixty minutes in goal, collecting 17 saves during the game.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 13, Converse 6
Records: Southern Wesleyan (5-10 / CC 4-5) Converse (6-8 / CC 4-5)
Coach Schneider says…
"Extremely proud of the team. It was a group effort both offensively and defensively. Kaeleigh McDaniel showed up big time with 17 saves. Amy Pfefferkorn and Latia Santos once again had a big game. And Tabitha Beecher got a hat trick. Offensively, we only sent six people over but still were able to make great plays and move the ball around. Defensively, our slides are getting quicker and we are pressuring better. So proud of all the history we have made and continue to make each game."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan struck first in the game against the Valkyries. Latia Santos put the ball in the cage to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. The Warriors pushed onward as Jairy Sandoval passed the ball to Amy Pfefferkorn who put it in to take a 2-0 lead. Southern Wesleyan continued to distance themselves as Tabitha Beecher and Betsy Bovee scored back-to-back goals before the Valkyries were able to put a goal on the board. Leading 4-1, Amy Pfefferkorn passed the ball up to Santos for one goal, and then up to Kelsey Hawkins for another to put Southern Wesleyan up 6-1. Converse did not release the pressure as they took several shots on goal, but Kaeleigh McDaniel kept the cage safe from the Valkyries attacks. Sharlize Burgos and Ciriaca Petitto scored the second and third goals of the day for Converse to cut Southern Wesleyan's lead to 6-3. Goals by Amy Pfefferkorn and Latia Santos allowed the Warriors to take an 8-3 lead at the half.
Converse attacked quickly in the second half as Daija Krygier scored a free position goal, however the Warriors countered with a goal by Amy Pfefferkorn. The Valkyries continue to challenge, but Pfefferkorn passed the ball over to Tabitha Beecher to allow her to put it in the cage to push the Warriors lead to 10-5. Converse and Southern Wesleyan both challenged each other on the field, however the Warriors defense kept the Valkyries from scoring. Tabitha Beecher scored a free position goal to take a 11-5 goal advantage, and then back-to-back goals by Latia Santos allow the Warriors to take a 13-5 lead. The Warriors went on to win the game 13-6.
Southern Wesleyan will conclude regular season play on April 17 as they travel to Belmont, NC to take on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders at 4:30 p.m.