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Lions fall to West Georgia Wolves in Season Opener

Lions fall to West Georgia Wolves in Season Opener

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga - The Emmanuel College Women's soccer team lost their opening match 0-1 against the West Georgia Wolves in Franklin Springs on Thursday evening. The two teams came out battling in a tense and even first half. The teams traded shots as both the Lions and Wolves fought to control the game. Sophomore Stephanie Lamm had a look on goal in the 17th minute but was unable to capitalize, instead gaining the team an important corner kick. Jessie Denney had 2 shots on frame for the game while Alyssa Hearn was solid in defense leading a relatively young defensive unit, who caught the Wolves offside 9 times throughout the match. Senior Emma Tamblyn led the midfield for all 90 minutes in the center of the park. The Lions looked the more aggressive of the teams early, but West Georgia's solid defense would ensure that the teams enter the main break locked at 0-0. West Georgia came out firing in the second half, forcing the Lions to play in their defensive half, and outshooting the Lions heavily. The Lion's managed to keep the Wolves out until a neatly timed chip from Susana Abundiz beat oncoming Lion goal keeper Breanna Grizzle in the 60th minute. Grizzle was a standout performer for the night playing all 90 minutes in goal and gaining 8 saves. "We saw several positive things from the game tonight despite the loss" said Head Women's Soccer Coach Forrest Wimberly. "Several Freshmen made their debut tonight and really added the depth and quality we were lacking in some positions. The upperclassmen provided the backbone of the team and kept things organized and moving forward. We can fix the little things that unraveled tonight and be even better next time out on the field." The Lions return to the Stephens Athletic Field next Tuesday evening when they take on Shorter University with kick off set for 7pm.