Warriors Pressure But Fall To Crusaders

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the North Greenville Crusaders in a 6-1 final score.

The Warriors recorded 18 shots and eight shots on goal in the loss to the Crusaders.  Ashley Romanowski led the team with nine shots and three shots on goal.  She was followed by Rachel Curtis with three shots on goal.  Curtis recorded the lone goal for the Warriors.  Jen Golio and Caitlynn Nixon each played in goal for the Warriors.  Golio recorded two saves while Nixon posted nine in the loss.

 

Game Vitals

Final: North Greenville 6, Southern Wesleyan 1

Records: Southern Wesleyan (6-8 / CC 4-6) North Greenville (9-5 / CC 7-3)

 

Coach Morrell says…

"Tough one tonight.  I thought we played well and really created some good chances, had good possession and controlled much of the game, the ball just didn't bounce our way.  Game got away from us late, credit to North Greenville for countering quickly and putting pressure on us, they are good on set pieces too.  But I am proud of how we kept playing and creating good chances, even late.  We had some injuries tonight and we had a bunch of players step up.  We'll learn and grow from it and get back at it Monday!"

 

How It Happened

Southern Wesleyan and North Greenville battled early with both teams taking shots.  Ashley Romanowski pressured early with strong possessions resulting in shots on goal, but the Crusaders defense kept the ball away.  The Warriors continued to challenge as Rachel Curtis got the ball around the goalkeeper to put Southern Wesleyan on top 1-0.  However, the Crusaders countered four minutes later with a goal by Ariana Perry to tie the game 1-1.  North Greenville took the lead on a penalty kick goal and then a goal by Megan Biehl to give them a 3-1 lead at half. 

The Warriors fought back with back-to-back shots on goal by Rachel Curtis, but Brianna Rowe kept Southern Wesleyan from tying the game up.  The Crusaders countered the Warriors every shot, but Southern Wesleyan goalkeeper Caitlynn Nixon and the Warriors defense protected the goal.  The Crusaders continued to pressure Southern Wesleyan and went on to score three more goals and win the game 6-1.

 

What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will remain at home on October 24 as they take on the Shaw Bears at 3 p.m.  They will then host their Homecoming game on October 26 as they take up the University of Mount Olive Crusaders at 4:30 p.m.