Banner Elk, NC – Southern Wesleyan dropped their first Conference Carolinas game of the season in a 1-0 final score on Saturday evening.
The Warriors recorded six shots and three shots on goal in the loss to the Bobcats. Grant Kiker led the team with two shots and one shot on goal. Alex Miner and Noah Sims followed with one shot on goal apiece. Will Hughes played all 90 minutes in goal for the Warriors, collecting four saves while allowing only one goal.
Final: Lees-McRae 1, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-3 / 0-1) Lees-McRae (1-2-1 / 1-0)
Coach Quarandillo says…
"I really wanted a win for the guys, they have great attitudes and I think deserved to take a point from this game. They continue to fight like true warriors, and again I am proud of the boys. I have no doubt that things will continue to improve. I guess our goals are on back order and will hopefully arrive on Wednesday when we play USC Aiken."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan attacked early as Grant Kiker drove the ball to the net, but Anton Sundstrom stopped the ball. The Bobcats countered with several shots, but Will Hughes and the Warriors defended the net to keep them from scoring early. Shots by Jose Rangel and Noah Sims were kept away by the Lees-McRae Bobcats. However, Lees-McRae continued to pressure, with Stephon Davis scoring his first goal of the year to give them a 1-0 advantage at half.
Lees-McRae attacked early with shots by Connor Hahn and Matt Law. However, the Warriors continued to press on as Grant Kiker took a shot as well. The Bobcats continued to pepper the Southern Wesleyan defense with shots by Stephon Davis. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure as Grant Kiker and Trey Greenwood pushed the ball to the net, but it the ball went wide to prevent the Warriors for getting on the board. On a free kick, Alex Olson ripped the ball toward the net, but his kick sent the ball just over the post. The Bobcats went on to win the game in a 1-0 final score.
Southern Wesleyan 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.