Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Belmont Abbey Crusaders in a 24-7 final score on Wednesday evening.
The Warriors posted 17 shots and 12 shots on goal in the loss to the Crusaders. Abigail Welch led the team with seven shots. Welch was followed by Taylor Hames, Jairy Sandoval and Betsy Bovee each with three shots. Abigail Welch led the team with three goals. She was followed by Jairy Sandoval with two, and Taylor Hames and Betsy Bovee with one apiece. Three Warriors had assists during the loss.
Southern Wesleyan had 12 ground balls and 16 draw controls on the afternoon. Kaeleigh McDaniel had four ground balls while Betsy Bovee and Jairy Sandoval followed with three each. Abigail Welch led the team with 11 draw controls. McDaniel played the whole game in goal for the Warriors and recorded 22 saves.
Final: Belmont Abbey 24, Southern Wesleyan 7
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-11 / CC 0-7) Belmont Abbey (8-3 / CC 4-1)
How It Happened
Just two minutes into the game, the Belmont Abbey Crusaders took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Marin Felsoci. The Crusaders continued to pressure the Warriors for the first ten minutes of play, pushing their lead to 8-0. Southern Wesleyan got on the board with just under 20 minutes left. Abigail Welch made the first goal for the Warriors to put them down 8-1. Despite several more goals by the Crusaders, the Warriors kept fight with Welch scoring her second goal of the afternoon to put the Warriors down 11-2. Back-to-back goals by Taylor Hames and Jairy Sandoval allowed the Warriors to come within seven of the Crusaders. Belmont Abbey was leading 15-4 at the half.
Belmont Abbey attacked first in the second half on back-to-back goals by Rebecca Stromberg and Marin Felsoci to give them a 17-4 goal advantage. With the running clock in effect, Abigail Welch scored her third goal of the game. A free position shot by Jairy Sandoval put the Warriors down 22-6. The Crusaders continued to push the Warriors defense, but Kaeleigh McDaniel defended the cage from their attacks. Taylor Hames passed the ball to Betsy Bovee to with just over five minutes remaining. Bovee put the ball in the cage to score her first goal of the season and put the Warriors down 23-7. Belmont Abbey went on to win the game 24-7.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Tigerville, SC to take on the North Greenville Crusaders on April 4. They will remain on the road on April 7 as they take on the Converse Valkyries. On April 21 they will return to Childs Field to conclude the inaugural season on April 21 as they take on the Limestone Saints.