|September 02, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LANDER||NBY|
|Shots (on Goal)||22 (11)||18 (7)|
NEWBERRY-- A late goal by Lander (2-0) was the deciding factor in Friday afternoon's 2-1 final at Smith Road Complex.
The Wolves (1-1) were slow on attack from the beginning of the contest, launching only two shots in the first 10 minutes of the game. The offense was able to start flowing efficiently after Deisi Hernandez capitalized, getting control of the game, with a header that was rebounded by Emma Harms in the 25th minute of play.
Throughout the beginning of the second half the Wolves excelled on both ends of the pitch firing 18 shots and forcing Bearcats' goalkeeper to make six saves on the afternoon. The Wolves had numerous shot attempts to get on the board as Alyssa Ortega had four shots in the match, with four of which were on goal.
The turnaround in the contest came in the 84th minute of the half when Valeria Newcomb sped up midfield to defend the ball, and collided with a member of Lander's squad. Newcomb received a red card causing the Wolves to play a man down, giving the Bearcats' a slight advantage with only seven minutes remaining in regulation. With a few seconds between the plays, Lander headed a shot just above the goalkeeper to put the teams on an even slate. With time dwindling down, it was the goal at the 90th minute that won the Bearcats' the game when a shot was rebounded to Devin Duhme in the closing seconds.
"We started the game off well, but we needed to find a way to finish. The red card made the team fall apart and it showed the inexperience this squad has," said head coach Deedee Alexander.
The Wolves go on the road to Francis Marion on Sept.6 at 5 p.m., then return back to Smith Road Complex on Sept. 8 to take on Flagler at 4:30 p.m.