Central, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan unable to hold onto early lead as Tornado win in 2-1 final.
The Warriors posted 20 shots in the game, with Kayla Doyle leading the team with five and Ashley Romanowski following her with four. Of the 20 shots, nine shots were on goal. Ally Kisiel led the team with three shots on goal. Doyle and Rachel Curtis followed her with two shots on goal. Romanowski scored the loan goal for the Warriors with Curtis providing the assist. Courtney McNeill played in goal for the Warriors, posting nine saves while allowing two goals.
Final: King 2, Southern Wesleyan 1
Records: Southern Wesleyan (7-5 / CC 3-4), King (2-9-1 / 2-6)
Coach Morrell says…
"Tough one tonight. We played really well in the first half, missed a good opportunity or two but were still up 1-0 at half. All credit to King for the second half. They came out and outplayed us and pressured us. Really tough to lose the way we did, but I know we will learn from this and be better because of it."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan charged onto the field in the first half of the game versus the King Tornado. Minutes into the first half, Aline Troyano drove the ball toward the net, but a save by Tornado goal keeper Olvia Drake kept the Warriors from putting points up. Shots by Ally Kisiel and Rachel Curtis were also blocked. With close to ten minutes remaining on the clock, Rachel Curtis passed the ball to Ashley Romanowski. Romanowski drove the ball to the net to score and give the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the half.
The King Tornado were not going down without a fight, as Miranda Smith took several consecutive shots on goal, each one saved by Courtney McNeill. Half- way through the second half of the game, the Tornado struck to tie the game on a goal by Catherine Walsh. Southern Wesleyan fought back, but they could not come around the strong pressure by the Tornado as King won in a 2-1 final score.
The Warriors will next travel to Limestone to take on the Saints on October 14 at 4:30 pm. They will remain on the road on October 18 as they take on the Erskine College Flying Fleet at 5 pm.