NEWBERRY — The Wolves (1-1) notch their first win of the 2016 campaign on the backs of seniors Erika Linch and Alyssa Ortega in Wednesday’s match vs. Francis Marion (0-3).
Linch scored the first tally for the Wolves after splitting two defenders in the 20th minute, and then followed up eight minutes later with her second strike of the match on a ball that she settled down in the box. She completed the hat trick in the 56th minute on a shot from the top of the box that beat the Patriots’ goalkeeper.
Ortega added two goals on the afternoon, and recorded an assist to teammate Elizabeth Gutierrez on a well place through ball to put the wolves up 5-0 in the 60th minute.
“I was proud of the way we played,” said head coach Deedee Sanguinetti. “We had a couple rough games prior to this, but we stepped it up as things started to merge together, and it was good to see it unfold.”
Newberry let off 30 shots in the home opener, 14 of which were on goal.
“We broke that team down defensively, and showed that we can be an offensive threat,” remarked Sanguinetti.
The Wolves did a stellar job on the defensive end of the field as they stifled the Francis Marion attack. The back line only allowed five shots in the match, two of which were on frame. Four of those shots came from Patriot Carli Gauthier.
KodiJean Johnson played the first half in goal for the Wolves tallying one save and was awarded the win. Madison Putnam and Korina Martinez split time in goal in the second half for the Wolves.
The Wolves travel to Palm Beach Atlantic (1-2) on Friday for a 7 p.m. match.
This release was provided by Newberry College.