Wilson, NC – Southern Wesleyan took down the Barton Bulldogs in their fifth overtime game of the season on Monday afternoon in a 2-1 final.
The Warriors posted 10 shots and six shots on goal in the victory. Ashley Romanowski led the team with four shots and three shots on goal. She was followed by Rachel Curtis and Helen Schweiger. Curtis recorded three shots and two shots on goal while Schweiger had two shots and one shot on goal. Both Schweiger and Romanowski recorded goals in the 2-1 victory, with Romanowski's being her second overtime game-winning goal of the season. Both Romanowski and Curtis had assists during the game. Jen Golio played the whole game in goal for Southern Wesleyan and picked up 11 saves.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 2, Barton 1
Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-4 / CC 2-2) Barton (4-2 / CC 1-1)
Coach Morrell says…
"What an unbelievable game, all around. Off less than 48 hours rest, to keep grinding this game out, so proud of this team. It wasn't perfect, certainly things we can execute better, but the team was one today. The effort, heart and desire were what won this game. It was all grit!"
How It Happened
The Barton Bulldogs charged out of the gate, but the Warriors defended all of their shots on the goal. Both Rachel Curtis and Ashley Romanowski took shots on the goal, trying to give the Warriors the advantage, but Kristin Davis defended the net to keep Southern Wesleyan off the board. The Bulldog's Laisy Scardazzi took a penalty kick in the box, but Warriors goalkeeper, Jen Golio saved the ball from crossing into the net to keep the score 0-0. Southern Wesleyan continued to fight as Ashley Romanowski tipped the ball into Helen Schweiger who shot it in to put the Warriors on top 1-0. The Bulldogs countered seconds later with a goal of their own by Brenna Keegan to tie the game 1-1 going into the half.
The Bulldogs continued to pepper Jen Golio in the net, but the sophomore and her defenders kept Barton from taking the lead. Rachel Curtis and Ashley Romanowski countered with attacks on the Barton defense, but neither attempts gave the Warriors the advantage. Despite all the shots on goal, neither team could pull ahead in the second half to force them to go into overtime.
Southern Wesleyan would not let the fifth overtime of the season intimidate them, as they charged forward in the first overtime period. Rachel Curtis crossed the ball to Ashley Romanowski. Romanowski took a shot from the top of the box that got around the Bulldogs goal keeper to give the Warriors a 2-1 victory.
Southern Wesleyan will return to Childs Field on September 26 as they take on the Toccoa Falls Screaming Eagles at 7 p.m. They will then travel to Belmont, NC to continue Conference Carolinas action as they take on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders.