CENTRAL, SC - The Emmanuel College Women's Soccer team claimed victory over Conference Carolina rivals Southern Wesleyan University on Tuesday evening.
The Lions had a slow start to the match, and struggled to break through an overcrowded Warrior defense. The Warriors hit the lead in the 24th minute after an interesting penalty call. The Lions picked up their speed of play and began to attack heavily over the next 15 minutes. The game evened out in the 38th minute when the Lions were also awarded a penalty kick, after Steph Lamm was obstructed in the goal box. Emma Tamblyn finished the penalty and sent the Lions into the half time break 1-1. The Lions outshot SWU 14-2 in the first half, while keeper Brianna Grizzle who played all 90 minutes in goal was only forced to make one save.
The second half was again dominated by the Lions, who continued to flood the attack and keep the ball in their attacking half. The Lion attackers generated 10 corner kicks in total, with Emma Tamblyn unlucky not to net a header that was saved by the Warrior keeper in the 52nd minute. The game winning goal came from sophomore forward Allison Edenfield who received a through ball from sophomore Sierra Gomez in the 56th minute, Allison able to guide the ball past the keeper before being knocked to the ground, and having to temporarily exit the game. Once reentering, Edenfield put the icing on the cake for the Lions with just 3 minutes to go when she curled the ball upper left after a well-timed cut back from sophomore Stephanie Lamm. The Lions showed solid team attacking, and season high stats in shots, goals, corners and assists. "Tonight's win is a credit to the entire team's willingness to attack all game long," said Head Coach Forrest Wimberly. "We wanted to press the attack and all the season-high stats show that commitment. This win also marks the first back-to-back wins in the new NCAA era for Emmanuel and puts us in fifth place in the conference standings."
The Lions will travel to North Carolina on Saturday to take on Belmont Abbey, before returning home to the Stevens Athletic Fields to play Brevard at 5pm on Tuesday 29th September.