CARROLLTON, Ga. – It was a banner day for UWG soccer as the Wolves celebrated seven seniors, made a little history and clinched a berth in the Gulf South Conference Tournament with a 4-1 victory over the Union Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at University Field.
For the second straight game, UWG sophomore Jazmine Santiago recorded a hat trick, scoring three goals on the day, raising her season total to nine.
How It Happened
- In the third minute, Union stunned the Wolves with an early goal on a free kick, giving the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead as Anna Barkey scored her third goal of the season.
- The Wolves, however, rattled off four unanswered goals including three in the first half.
- Santiago scored the opening goal for the Wolves, as she took Katie Mitchell’s pass and beat the keeper to the lower left corner to tie the game at 1-1 in the fifth minute.
- Just three minutes later, Alexis Lewis broke the tie and gave UWG the lead for good, as she took a pass from Rachael Lane and dribbled around the keeper for the close-range goal. Katie Mitchell also picked up an assist on Lewis’ goal.
- Next, it was Santiago again, connecting for the second time on the day with Rachael Lane, this time in the 24th minute.
- Sophomore keeper, Jackie Donaldson, made three saves in the game, all in the opening half of play.
- UWG’s last goal completed Santiago’s hat trick as Katie Drittler’s pass from beyond midfield found Santiago who dribbled around a defender for an easy goal.
- The Wolves took 17 shots compared to 13 from Union. Ten of UWG’s chances were on target.
Beyond the Box Score
- Santiago’s hat trick is the 11th in school history, and she becomes the first UWG player to ever record back-to-back hat tricks. Santiago also joins Sara Sohlberg as the only players in UWG history with multiple hat tricks.
- Katie Mitchell recorded two assists in the win and is now tied with Samantha Jones for the lead in all-time assists with 21.
- The Wolves also clinched a spot in the Gulf South Conference Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. With two games remaining, the Wolves will be looking to improve on their seeding in the bracket.
They Said It
- “So excited to be heading back to the postseason and glad to be hopefully going in at a higher seed this year. We even have the chance to host so that’s great, and we’re all just really excited.” – Senior Rachael Lane.
- “Senior Day is a special day and I just want to give credit to my teammates for finishing those opportunities, and getting a 4-1 win.” – Senior Katie Mitchell
- West Georgia now sits at 7-7-2 on the year and improves to 7-4 in Gulf South Conference play.
- The Bulldogs fall to 0-12-1, and 0-10-1 in league competition.
Up Next: The Wolves will travel to Cleveland, Tennessee on Thursday for a rematch of last season’s opening round of the GSC Tournament. Kickoff for that game is set for 7 p.m.