CARROLLTON, Ga. - The West Georgia Wolves put together a 2-1 week over the past seven days, allowing just one goal in three matches, including a Gulf South Conference shutout victory on Sunday morning at University Field, winning 4-0 over the Delta State Lady Statesmen.
The Wolves outscored their opponents 10-1 in three matches this week, with the lone goal allowed coming in Friday's 1-0 overtime loss to 17th-ranked Mississippi College. The shutout was the fourth of the season for West Georgia, with all four coming against Gulf South Conference competition. Four different players scored on Sunday morning for the Wolves, led by Julia Atenza and Nikki Conte, who each scored two goals this week.
First up in scoring for the Wolves was Atenza, who scored on a blast from the left side off of the right post, and the assist went to Abigail Smithwick at the 14:35 mark of the contest. The goal was the third of the season for Atenza and Smithwick's assist was her first of the year, giving the Wolves an early 1-0 lead in the match.
That opened up a flurry of activity from the Wolves' offense, as Becky Brown put in a long free kick at the 18:22 mark for the second goal of the game. Just five more minutes later, Conte and Rachel Lane assisted on a goal from senior Kelly Geary, as the cross came into the area and Geary found the back post on a one-touch shot to give West Georgia a commanding 3-0 lead with less than a third of the game gone.
Conte struck for her second goal of the week at the 73:01 mark of the second half, as she headed a cross that hung up in the wind into the back of the net for the final goal of the match. The assist went to Smithwick, her second of the game.
The win moves West Georgia to 6-6 on the year with a 5-5 mark against Gulf South Conference competition. Delta State falls to 3-10 on the year and 2-8 against league opponents. The Wolves will return to the road this weekend, taking on West Florida on Friday evening and Valdosta State on Suunday.