Aiken, SC – Southern Wesleyan picked up their first win of the season as they defeated the USC Aiken Pacers in a 2-0 final on Wednesday night.
The Warriors recorded four shots and three shots on goal in their first victory of the season. Noah Sims led the team with two shots and one shot on goal. He was followed by Grant Kiker and Jose Rangel with one shot on goal apiece. Sims and Kiker had the lone goals for the Warriors. Sims also recorded the lone assist. Will Hughes played all ninety minutes in goal for Southern Wesleyan, collecting 10 save in the victory.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 2, USC Aiken 0
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-3) USC Aiken (1-3)
Coach Quarandillo says…
"It's been 364 days since the boys got a win, and two years since a shut out. I'm super proud of the guys for working hard and getting a very special win. We still have lots to work on, but we are making progress and that's what we are focused on right now. Also, every field player played in tonight's game, so it truly was a team effort."
How It Happened
USC Aiken pushed forward early, but a shot by Ricard Saintil went wide as the Warriors defense defended the net. They continued to threaten, but Will Hughes got in front of the ball to defend the net from the attacking Pacers. The Pacers continued the take shots, but Hughes defended the net from all of the attacks. The Warriors continued to pressure as Alex Miner drove the ball toward the net, but it was forced out by Pacers defense. Southern Wesleyan would not be disheartened as they scored their first goal of the season as Noah Sims put the ball in the back of the net to give them a 1-0 lead. The Pacers continued to challenge, but Will Hughes would not allow them to see results. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure as Jose Rangel took a shot on the goal, but Kenneth Kalek kept the Warriors from extending their lead.
The Pacers continued to pressure as the second half kicked off. Shots by Ricard Saintil and Ricardo Pineda were kept from meeting the net by Will Hughes and the Warriors defense. Southern Wesleyan continued to attack, however an offside call prevented the Warriors from finishing their run. The Warriors would not be discouraged as Noah Sims sent a rocket of a shot toward the net. The ball was redirected into the net by Grant Kiker to put the Warriors on top 2-0. USC Aiken continued to put the pressure on Southern Wesleyan's defense as Giuseppe Cimino took a shot on the goal, but Will Hughes scooped it up to keep the Pacers off the board. USC Aiken continued to attack, taking several shots on the goal, but the Warriors defense backed up Hughes to keep them from scoring. The Warriors went on to win the game 2-0.
The Warriors will return to Childs Field on September 21 as they host the Chowan Hawks at 3:30 p.m. They will remain at home on September 25 as they welcome the North Georgia Nighthawks to Central, SC. Southern Wesleyan will then host Homecoming against the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on September 28. Kick-off for homecoming is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.