Mount Olive, NC – Southern Wesleyan fell in the Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals to the University of Mount Olive Trojans in a 3-1 final.
The Warriors recorded nine shots and six shots on goal in the loss to the Trojans. Calista Turner led the team with four shots and two shots on goal. Rachel Curtis followed with two shots on goal. Natalie Thompson scored the lone goal for the Warriors. Jen Golio played all ninety minutes in goal for the Warriors, recording 12 saves.
Final: Mount Olive 3, Southern Wesleyan 1
Records: Southern Wesleyan (6-9-2) Mount Olive (12-0-3)
Coach Morrell says…
"Hard to believe the season is over, seems like it only just started. We had a lot of ups and downs, we played some great games and had some we want to forget. But in the end, I love this team, they are the best. We have so much fun together and I couldn't ask for anything more of them. Hard fought game tonight, I think we were ready, credit to Mount Olive for capitalizing on a few mistakes, they are a really good team and we battled them hard."
How It Happened
The University of Mount Olive challenged early, but Jaelyn Brown's ball was blocked and Aimee Darrow's was saved by Jen Golio. The Trojans continued to put up a fight, but Southern Wesleyan remained strong. Rachel Curtis drove the ball toward the net, but Taylor Lewis would not let her ball through. Southern Wesleyan's defense remained strong, keeping Mount Olive off the board until a cross from the far post by Emily Sanders was tapped in by Brown to put them ahead 1-0. The Trojans scored once more before half to lead 2-0.
Southern Wesleyan attacked early as Rachel Curtis took a shot at the goal, but Nicole Solicito kept Curtis' attempt from meeting the net. The Trojans kept up the pressure as Jasmine Pinter scored to give them a 3-0 lead. Southern Wesleyan would not be discouraged as Molly Wanning attacked the net. They continued the attack as Natalie Thompson shot the ball from twenty yards out that was deflected into the net by the keeper to allow the Warriors to get on the board. Despite several more attacks by the Warriors and shots on goal by Calista Turner, the Warriors fell in a 3-1 final.