Spartanburg, SC – Southern Wesleyan defeated the Converse Valkyries in a 5-1 final on Friday evening.
The Warriors posted 14 shots and 11 shots on goal in the 5-1 victory over the Valkyries. Ashley Romanowski led the team with six shots and five shots on goal. Romanowski was followed by Rachel Curtis with four shots and three shots on goal, and Joy Namyst with three shots and two shots on goal. Romanowski and Curtis led the team with two goals each, while Namyst followed with one goal. Ally Kisiel had the lone assist of the game. Jen Golio played all 90 minutes in goal for Southern Wesleyan and recorded eight saves.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 5, Converse 1
Records: Southern Wesleyan (5-7 / CC 3-5) Converse (2-10 / CC 1-7)
Coach Morrell says…
"Great game tonight. Shaky at first, we lacked some composure and energy early on, but scoring in the last minute of the first half to go up 2-1 into halftime was a big lift. Second half was much better, we continued to work hard, fight back defensively because they countered fast, and eventually were able to put the game away with three second half goals. Proud of our perseverance."
How It Happened
Converse pressured Southern Wesleyan early with shots by Melissa Carlyle and AC Albritton, but the Warriors countered as Rachel Curtis moved around the Valkyries defenders and scored from the top right corner of the box. Curtis and Ashley Romanowski took more shots on goal, but Darian Bankston kept the ball from the net. The Valkyries tied the game at one as AC Albritton took a shot to make the game 1-1. The Warriors continued to put on the pressure and eventually it paid off as Ashley Romanowski scored her ninth goal of the season to put Southern Wesleyan on top 2-1 at half.
The Warriors kicked off the second half with shots on goal by Joy Namyst, but Darian Bankston and the Valkyries defense kept Southern Wesleyan from scoring. Namyst's shots paid off as she got the ball around Bankston to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead. Southern Wesleyan attacked again just two minutes later as Ally Kisiel sent a corner kick toward the net. Rachel Curtis played the ball off the kick and sent it into the net to make the score 4-1. Ashley Romanowski scored her second goal of the game just minutes before the end of the game to give the Warriors a 5-1 victory over the Valkyries.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Bristol, Tennessee to take on the King Tornado on October 17 at 3:30 p.m. They will then return to Childs Field to recognize the seniors and take on the North Greenville Crusaders on October 20 at 5 p.m.