Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan upset the Conference Carolinas leading Barton Bulldogs on Saturday in a 3-1 final score.
The Warriors put up 15 shots and nine shots on goal in the victory over the Bulldogs. Ashley Romanowski led the Warriors with four shots and three shots on goal. She was followed by Mollly Wanning with three shots, one on goal, and Natalie Thompson with two shots. Romanowski recorded two goals, including her third penalty kick goal, to lead the team. Makala Latsch also recorded a goal in the victory. Rachel Curtis and Natalie Thompson each had assists during the game. Jen Golio played all ninety minutes in goal, collecting 21 saves while allowing only one goal.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 3, Barton 1
Records: Southern Wesleyan (4-4-2 / CC 2-3-1) Barton (6-4-1 / CC 5-2)
Coach Morrell says…
"Really proud of our effort today, played with passion and desire, but also with our heads. We got some lucky bounces to go our way, but I love how we put ourselves in position to take advantage of those bounces. Really a great all around team win!"
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan attacked early on as Molly Wanning and Joy Namyst each drove toward the net, but Kristin Davis saved the ball from reaching the back of the net and keep the Warriors off the board. The Bulldogs countered with several shots of their own, but the Warriors defense and Jen Golio maintained control over their net. Barton continued to push ahead, as Kassie Krul weaved around the defenders to put it into the net and give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead with just over twenty minutes left in the first half. The Warriors continued to challenge with shots on goal by Madison Woolbert and Heily Hernandez, but neither made it through to keep the score 1-0 at the half.
The Warriors came out swinging in the second half. Ashley Romanowski drilled a corner kick in toward the net. The ball bounced around, but Rachel Curtis was able to tap the ball over to Makala Latsch. Latsch got the ball over Kristin Davis' head to allow the Warriors to tie the game 1-1. Southern Wesleyan continued to push ahead as a foul in the box allowed Ashley Romanowski to take a penalty shot. The shot reached the back of the net to give the Warriors a 2-1 advantage over the Bulldogs. Barton would not back down as they sent in several shots on goal, but Jen Golio would not let them through, getting between the ball and the net multiple times to allow the Warriors to maintain the lead. However, the Warriors would not be discouraged as Natalie Thompson got the ball to Romanowski who drilled the ball into the net to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead to win the game.
Southern Wesleyan will hit the road to Raleigh, NC to take on the Shaw Bears on October 16 at 2 p.m. They will then return to Childs Field on October 19 to host the Converse Valkyries on Senior Night at 6 p.m. The Warriors will remain at home on October 22 to take on the King Tornado.