NEWBERRY — With 5:09 left on the clock and both teams knotted at 13 apiece in a back-and-forth matchup Newberry needed to come up big in the waning minutes.
A pair of goals from Savannah Ohliger and Alexis Kahler with under three minutes remaining did just that as the Wolves pulled off a 15-13 victory over Emmanuel.
Emmanuel had a couple chances to comeback in the closing minutes, but caused turnovers from Newberry’s Danielle Laguerra and Ohliger along with the pair of goals sealed the Wolves’ second win of the season.
Head coach Rashelle McLellan was proud of her team’s ability to stay resilient.
“Today we did not win because of just a few players, we won because the whole team stepped onto that field ready to give everything they had to win,” she said.
Six players – Kahler, Maegan Williams, Naomi Killian, Rachel Dillon, Ohliger and Sophie Moore – found the back of the net with a team-high five goals coming from Moore.
Killian and Kahler would start the game off strong for the Wolves with each sailing the ball past the Lions’ goalie to put Newberry up 2-0 in the opening minutes. It took less than two minutes for Emmanuel to score three times to take the edge, but Newberry’s Dillon would nab the ball and score to put the game back at a 3-3 tie.
Kahler would continue to help the Wolves dominate on offense, totaling two more goals to put the Wolves in front 5-3. The Lions would not be able to close the gap with Newberry maintaining a two-goal separation heading into intermission up 8-6.
Moore poured on the goals coming out of the break scoring three of Newberry’s first four goals to keep the 12-10 advantage. A goal by Dillon at the 6:35 mark made it 13-11, but the Lions retaliated with a pair of goals in 90 seconds to tie it 13 apiece before the Wolves won out 15-13.
Newberry held the advantage in shots, ground balls and caused turnovers against the Lions. Goalie Brandy Bowman had 10 saves on the afternoon.
“I am very proud of my team for coming together and being able to stay composed during the whole 60 minutes,” said McLellan.