CARROLLTON, Ga. – Five different Wolves found the back of the net on Friday as the West Georgia soccer team throttled Auburn Montgomery 5-1 to open up Gulf South Conference play with a win at University Field.
How It Happened
- It didn’t take long for West Georgia to get on the board as in the fifth minute, Janaisia Smith found Sadie Prince on the right side. Prince then made a run toward the goal and converted the game’s opening goal, beating the AUM keeper on the left side.
- In the 12th minute, West Georgia got another goal, this time from Smith herself as she converted a penalty kick goal to make it 2-0.
- Auburn Montgomery had a chance to cut the lead in half just three minutes later as Ruby Mendez attempted a penalty kick, but a diving Jackie Donaldson denied the senior’s attempt to keep it a 2-0 lead, which the Wolves would take into the locker room at halftime.
- Coming out of halftime, AUM got on the board as Milian Mollison put a ball that bounced numerous times at the mouth of the net past Donaldson to make it 2-1, Wolves.
- All West Georgia did from that point was score three unanswered goals. The first of those came from Cassidy Thomas in the 70th minute.
- Karley Baker added another in the 75th minute, blasting one past AUM’s keeper on a pass from Tyler Buford.
- The final UWG goal was scored by Ryelyn Wells as the freshman made it 5-1 in the 83rd minute while Hillary Resendiz picked up the assist.
- UWG outshot the Warhawks 22-9 in the game, putting eight on frame to four shots on goal from AUM.
- Jackie Donaldson made three saves in the win.
Beyond the Box Score
- Prince’s goal was the second of the season for the sophomore, and gives her four for her career.
- With a goal and an assist on the night, sophomore Janaisia Smith took the team lead in points on the year. The Tacoma, Washington native has five points on an assist and a pair of goals.
- Karley Baker’s goal was the second for her as well, with the first coming as the game winner in the season opening win at Young Harris.
- Both Cassidi Thomas and Ryelyn Wells scored their first career goals at West Georgia.
- Five goals is the most in a single game for UWG this season, and the most since scoring six in a road win at Delta State on October 14, 2018.
- West Georgia is now 3-2-1 on the year, and begins the conference slate with a 1-0 record.
- Auburn Montgomery remains winless on the year, dropping to 0-5 and beginning GSC play with a 0-1 record.
West Georgia is home to wrap up the weekend on Sunday, hosting Montevallo at 1 p.m. at University Field. Sunday is Alumni Appreciation Day for UWG soccer as the Wolves welcome former players back to campus.