Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan dropped their second game of the season to the Clayton State Lakers on Wednesday evening.
The Warriors recorded five shots and one shot on goal in the loss to the Lakers. Noah Sims had the lone shot on goal for the Warriors. Brandon Smith started the game in goal for Southern Wesleyan, posting three saves in the first half. Freshman Will Hughes played the second half in goal for the Warriors, collecting six saves.
Final: Clayton State 10, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Clayton State (3-0) Southern Wesleyan (0-2)
Coach Quarandillo says…
"Honestly, we feel badly that we didn't score a few goals for our fans. We are so thankful for all of the support. We do have a lot of great things going for us, and getting a few of our players back on the field will help. Clayton State is really good this year, and could have even scored more goals against us. Proud that our players didn't quit and still believe in what we can do. Conference games begin this weekend and we will prepare accordingly."
How It Happened
Clayton State attacked early with shots by Connor Atkinson and Geo Rios. Their attacks paid off as goals by Cody Crimmons, Ryan King and Langston Blackstock put the Lakers ahead 4-0. Southern Wesleyan would not be discouraged as Alex Olson and the Warriors defense helped Brandon Smith defend the net. Offensively, Grant Kiker, Caleb Compton and Noah Sims continued to pressure the Lakers, each taking shots on the goal. Despite several shot attempts, the Warriors were unable to score as the Lakers led the Warriors 7-0 at the half.
The Lakers did not let up the pressure as Ignacio Perez scored early in the second half to put Clayton State ahead 8-0. However, the Warriors defense would not let up as freshman goalkeeper Will Hughes made several key saves in the net to keep Clayton State from extending the lead. The Lakers went on to win the game in a 10-0 final score.
Southern Wesleyan will open up Conference Carolinas action on the road as they travel to Banner Elk, NC to take on the Lees-McRae Bobcats on September 14 at 4 p.m. They will remain on the road on September 18 as they travel to take on the USC Aiken Pacers at 7 p.m. The Warriors will return home on September 21 to host the Chowan Hawks at 3:30 p.m.