Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan dropped a hard fought battle to the Emmanuel Lions on Wednesday evening in a 3-2 final.
The Warriors posted 22 shots and 10 shots on goal in the loss to the Lions. Miguel Gallegos led the team with four shots and two shots on goal. He was followed by Grant Kiker and Jose Rangel with three shots a piece. Cale McLarnon and Noah Sims had the lone goals of the game for the Warriors. Brandon Smith played all ninety minutes in goal for Southern Wesleyan, collecting 11 saves.
Final: Emmanuel 3, Southern Wesleyan 2
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-9 / CC 0-5) Emmanuel (7-1-1 / CC 4-0-1)
Coach Quarandillo says…
"The boys did everything that I asked of them. They also played with and for each other. We had so many good chances and I believe we controlled a lot of the game. I am really proud of each player. Great goals by Cale McLarnon and Noah Sims, but it was a complete team effort that set up these goals. Not too many teams score on Emmanuel this year, so it feels extra nice to score twice on them tonight. Thanks to a great atmosphere tonight as well."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan challenged Emmanuel early on as Grant Kiker drove the ball to the net, putting up back-to-back shots. The Warriors continued to push ahead with several shots on the goal. However, Emmanuel countered quickly with back-to-back goals by Channing Park to give them a 2-0 advantage. Southern Wesleyan would not let up as Miguel Gallegos and Alex Olson drove in shots. The Warriors continued to pressure as Cale McLarnon drilled the ball from just under midfield and into the back corner of the net to put Southern Wesleyan down 2-1 at the half.
The Warriors attacked early in the second half, pressuring the Lions defense. Noah Sims weaved the ball around the defenders and put it into the net to tie the game 2-2. Southern Wesleyan would not let a tie game slow them down as Miguel Gallegos took back-to-back shots on the goal, but Giuliano Palma scooped the ball away to keep the Warriors from taking the lead. The pressure from the Warriors offense continued as Jose Rangel and Caleb Compton took shots on the goal, but none of their attacks made their way past the goalkeeper. With just under ten minutes remaining, Cian Walder passed the ball up to Christopher Ramos who got the ball around the Warriors defense to allow Emmanuel to regain the lead and win the game 3-2.
Southern Wesleyan will host senior night for their manager, Evan Bier, on October 12 as they welcome the Barton Bulldogs at 3:30. They will then travel to Shaw to take on the Bears on October 16 at 4:30.