SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Converse College soccer team received four goals from four different players to collect its first win of the season, defeating Southern Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. Despite being outshot 21-13, Converse put together a complete team effort for the Conference Carolinas win.
Score: Converse 4, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Converse (1-11, 1-8 CC), Southern Wesleyan (4-6-2, 2-4-1 CC)
Location: Chields Field, Central, S.C.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Gianna Mancinelli led the Valkyries with four shots and one goal.
- Stephanie Cumez-Ortiz, A.C. Albritton, and Serena White also posted a goal for Converse.
- White and Aidyn Cantor each recorded an assist.
- Darina Bankston picked up her first win in goal, tallying 12 saves and not allowing a goal.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Converse wasted no time putting points on the board, scoring three times in the game's first 17:36. White got the party started at the 13:16 mark with an unassisted goal, before assisting on Mancinelli's goal just 80 seconds later. Cumez-Ortiz got in on the action in the 18th minute, taking a pass from Cantor and blasting it into the back of the net for the 3-0 lead.
The Valkyries, playing with a comfortable lead, stood very stout on the defensive side of the ball, not allowing the Warriors to cut in to the advantage. Albritton padded the lead to 4-0 heading to halftime with a goal of her own at the 34:08 mark.
After the plethora of scoring in the first half, period number two was more of a defensive battle. SWU had several looks at goal, but Bankston built a wall around the net and did not allow the Warriors to deny her of a shutout, leading the Vals to the route win.
Converse will look to build on the momentum as it steps out of conference on Wednesday, October 23, traveling to Newberry to face the Wolves. Kickoff for that contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.