CARROLLTON, Ga. – There was no shortage of offense on Sunday afternoon as the West Georgia Wolves soccer team trounced the visiting Spring Hill Badgers 7-0 in Gulf South Conference action at University Field.
How It Happened
- It took 25 minutes before the first goal found the back of the net, but Jazmine Santiago got it started for the Wolves as her initial shot was saved by Spring Hill’s HP Fluharty, but Santiago then calmly chipped the rebound back in for the 1-0 lead.
- Just six minutes later, freshman Hillary Resendiz scored on a long pass from Morgan Haase, who added to her team-leading assist total, giving her three this season.
- It took just five minutes more for the next goal to score for West Georgia as Alexis Lewis dribbled to the post and then beat the keeper low to extend the lead to 3-0 in the 35th minute.
- Eight minutes into the second half, Resendiz scored once again as she took Nikki Conte’s pass and deflected it off the crossbar and into the back of the net. Abigail Smithwick also picked up an assist along with Conte.
- Julia Atenza added the fifth goal as she chipped the keeper on a pass from Madison Cobb.
- Alex Chapman scored both of UWG’s final two goals. Her 73rd minute goal made it 6-0 while she made it 7-0 in the 80th minute. Cole Robertson and Birdie McCarthy assisted Chapman’s first goal while Jessica Anthony picked up an assist on the other.
- West Georgia took 33 total shots on the day, and held Spring Hill to just seven. The Badgers only managed two shots on goal, but both of those were successfully saved by Jackie Donaldson.
Beyond the Box Score
- Seven goals is tied for fifth most in a single-game in school history. West Georgia last scored seven goals on September 13, 2015, also against Spring Hill.
- Santiago’s opening goal was the second of the season for the sophomore. Julia Atenza also notched her second with her 57th minute score.
- Atenza ans Lewis are now tied for ninth all-tim in career goals at West Georgia.
- With Resendiz’s pair of goals, she takes the team lead in goals with three.
- It’s the first time since October 4, 2017 a UWG player notched a multi-goal game, and the first time since September 6, 2016 two players have notched multi-goal games.
From the Head Coach
“We knew we had to bounce back after Friday, and we talked about it before the game that we needed to have a good day in front of goal. When you have a chance to put your foot on the gas, we knew we had to be focused and more composed in front of goal. So the emphasis today was working on the technique and footwork in front of goal, and we got good connections, and made the runs, and the timing was right.” – Stacey Balaam
- West Georgia improves to 3-3-2 on the season, and now sits at 3-1 in GSC play.
- Spring Hill in now 1-6 overall with a 1-3 mark in league competitions.
Up Next: West Georgia is home again next weekend, hosting a pair of GSC opponents from across the Alabama line. The Wolves begin the weekend with a 5 p.m. contest against West Alabama on Friday, September 28.