Franklin Springs, GA – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Emmanuel College Lions in a 7-4 final on Wednesday evening.
The Warriors recorded 14 shots and nine shots on goal against the Lions. Ashley Romanowski led the team with six shots and three shots on goal. She was followed by Ally Kisiel with two shots on goal. Romanowski led the team with two goals. Rachel Curtis also recorded a goal for the Warriors. Joy Namyst and Romanowski each had two assists in the loss. Jen Golio played all 90 minutes in goal for Southern Wesleyan and recorded nine saves.
Final: Emmanuel 7, Southern Wesleyan 4
Records: Southern Wesleyan (4-6 / CC 2-4) Emmanuel (4-3 / CC 3-1)
Coach Morrell says…
"We need to do better, more consistently. A lot of great things and moments tonight. Unfortunately, too many times we lose focus and switch off. Proud of the second half and how we continued to fight and that is important to me and our culture. But we must be more consistent."
How It Happened
Emmanuel put the pressure on Southern Wesleyan early, but Jen Golio and the Warriors' defense kept the ball away. The Warriors fought back as Joy Namyst passed the ball over to Ashley Romanowski who shot it over the Lions goalkeeper to put the Warriors up 1-0. However, Emmanuel countered seconds later with a goal by Hannah Logue to tie the game 1-1. Romanowski passed the ball looking for Makala Latsch, but the Emmanuel Lions knocked it in to put the Warriors up 2-1. Seconds later the Lions scored to tie the game 2-2. Emmanuel pulled on three goals to take a 5-2 lead over Southern Wesleyan at half.
Southern Wesleyan fought back early in the second half as Ashley Romanowski drove past the Lions goalkeeper to put the Warriors down 5-3. Romanowski drove the ball in to the net again to get around the goalkeeper and pass the ball over to Rachel Curtis who shot the ball into the net to allow the Warriors to bring the score to 5-4. The Lions continued to pepper Jen Golio with shots, but Golio and the Warriors defense kept Emmanuel from lengthening their lead. However, the Lions pushed ahead with a goal by Sam Hedges to take a 6-4 lead. The Warriors continued to pressure with shots on goal by Ally Kisiel and Ashley Romanowski, but the Lions goalkeeper Hannah Welch kept the Warriors from scoring. Emmanuel went on to win the game 7-4.
Southern Wesleyan will return to Childs Field on October 6 as they take on the Limestone Saints at 3 p.m. The Warriors will then travel on October 12 to take on the Converse Valkyries at 6 p.m.