Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Ohio Valley Fighting Scots in a 15-7 final on Wednesday afternoon.
Southern Wesleyan put up 22 shots with 14 shots on goal in the loss to Ohio Valley. Abigail Welch led the team with six shots on goal. She was followed by Taylor Hames with four shots on goal. Welch went on to lead the team with four goals and two assists. The Warriors posted 21 ground balls during the game with Welch leading the team with seven. Welch and Jairy Sandoval both had three draw controls during the game. Kaeleigh McDaniel played in goal for the Warriors and made 16 saves during the game.
Final: Ohio Valley 15, Southern Wesleyan 7
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-5) Ohio Valley (1-1)
Coach Schneider says…
"Our big focus this game was communication. It improved. And since our defense was talking more, it translated over into our transition and offense. We had great looks offensively. And Kaeleigh McDaniel continues to make amazing saves throughout the game."
How It Happened
The Fighting Scots jumped out to an early lead with a goal by Kellee Washington and then lengthened their lead less than a minute later to make the score 2-0. Seconds later, Abigail Welch drilled the ball into the net to put the Warriors down 2-1 to the Fighting Scots. Ohio Valley lengthened their lead to 3-1 on a goal by Kayla Stewart. The Fighting Scots put up two more shots, but Kaeleigh McDaniel protected the cage from the balls to keep them from pushing the lead up. The Warriors put up shots by Betsy Bovee and Abigail Welch, but Fighting Scot goal keeper Jessica Kelley shut them down. Ohio Valley put up a goal, but Southern Wesleyan countered with a goal of their own to make the score 5-2. At the half, the Fighting Scots were up 7-2.
Ohio Valley led off the second half with a goal by Emily Prentice, but the Warriors countered seconds later when Jairy Sandoval took a pass by Abigail Welch and shot it into the goal to put Southern Wesleyan down 8-3. Taylor Hames made a goal with just over 18 minutes left to play to put the Warriors down 9-4. Back-to-back goals by Welch and Hames allowed the Warriors to come within four. A free position goal by Welch put Southern Wesleyan down 11-7, however back-to-back goals put Ohio Valley up 13-7. The Fighting Scots went on to win the game 15-7.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to St. Anders to take on the Knights on March 9 at 3:30 p.m. They remain on the road on March 10 as they take on the Mount Olive Trojans.