Bristol, TN – Southern Wesleyan defeated the King Tornado on Wednesday afternoon in a 5-1 final.
The Warriors had 10 shots and eight shots on goal in the 5-1 victory. Ashley Romanowski had three shots to lead the team. Four Warriors had two shots on goal. Helen Schweiger led the team with two goals. Romanowski, Ally Kisiel and Rachel Curtis each had solo goals in the win as well. Romanowski led the team with two assists. Jen Golio played all ninety minutes in goal and had six saves.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 5, King 1
Records: Southern Wesleyan (6-7 / CC 4-5) King (1-11 / CC 1-6)
Coach Morrell says…
"Proud of the team for grinding tonight and continuing to stay focused. We had some moments where we lacked composure with the ball which caused us to defend more and put us in some dangerous situations. But it was a great first half to be up 3-0 at halftime, some really creative movements and some quality goals. Really proud of our effort, our organization and how we worked together, and in the end, put the game out of reach."
How It Happened
The Tornado challenged early with a shot by Anya Gross, but the Warriors defense kept the ball away from the goal. Ashley Romanowski and Rachel Curtis drove the ball down the field and challenged the Tornado defense, but they fought back to keep the Warriors off the board. King continued to threaten with a shot on goal by Meghan O'Ferral, but Jen Golio leaped up to save the shot and keep the Tornado off the board. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure as Ashley Romanowski passed the ball to Rachel Curtis who tapped it back to Romanowski and took it to the net to put the Warriors on top 1-0. Romanowski passed the ball up to Curtis who sent the ball into the back of the net and put the Warriors on top 2-0. Ashley Romanowski took a corner kick and sent it toward the net. Helen Schweiger received the ball and headed the ball into the goal to give the Warriors a 3-0 advantage at the half.
The Tornado challenged early as they earned a penalty kick. Lizzie Boone took the penalty kick and got the ball around Jen Golio to put the Tornado down 3-1. King continued to challenge the Southern Wesleyan defense, but Jen Golio and the defense kept the ball away from the net. The Warriors pressured as Ashley Romanowski drove the ball toward the net, but Tornado defended their territory to keep the Warriors from lengthening their lead. The Tornado continued to pressure, but Jen Golio kept the ball away from the net to save the Warriors lead. Ally Kisiel took a free kick from thirty-five yards out that reached the net to give the Warriors a 4-1 lead. A penalty in the box allowed the Warriors to take a penalty kick. Helen Schweiger took the kick to the net and give the Warriors a 5-1 victory.
Southern Wesleyan will return to Childs Field on October 20 as they take on the North Greenville Crusaders. They will recognize their seniors following the game. The Warriors will remain at home on October 24 as they take on the Shaw Bears at 3 p.m.