Chowan soccer sweeps Southern Wesleyan

Published 9:40 am Wednesday, September 14, 2022

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MURFREESBORO – Chowan University collected two wins here Saturday against Southern Wesleyan in Conference Carolinas soccer action.

The women’s team found an abundance of offense in a 5-1 win as four different Hawks scored in the win. The men’s team picked up their first shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory.

Lieke Van den Akker collected two goals, including the second fastest goal to start a contest just 46 seconds into the match, to lead the way for the Chowan women (1-3-1 overall and 1-0-1 in league play).

Cristina Flores, Natasha Bailey, and Elena Butcher recorded one goal each. Mayara Engel, Gizelle Garcia, and Regan Jackson added an assist.

Kirsten Peterson picked up the win in goal with three saves.

Chowan led 3-1 at halftime thanks to first half goals from Van den Akker, Flores, and Bailey.

Thanks to an assist from Jackson, Van den Akker tallied her second goal following intermission as Chowan stretched their lead to 4-1. In the 84th minute, Garcia sent in a cross from the right wing and found Butcher for a goal that closed the scoring.

The Chowan women will visit nationally-ranked Catawba on the road on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

In Saturday’s men’s game, Chowan peppered the goal to a tune of 24 shots and held Southern Wesleyan to three shots.

Leke Ademola collected his first and second collegiate goals. Tren Drexhage netted his third goal of the season. Harri Lovett and Dennis Bates notched two assists each.

Charlie Farrar had a quiet afternoon in goal with one save.

In a very defensive opening frame, Chowan sent shots towards goal as Ausar Omwenga, Drexhage, Ademola, London Williams, and James Randall had shots that would be turned away by the SWU keeper.

Late in the half, Lovett and Jamie Moore tried to find the opening tally but were also turned away as both teams went into the half scoreless.

Chowan hit every part of the goal except the back of the net as James Randall had a shot in the 57′ that would bounce off the post.

The Hawks would take advantage of the set piece as Lovett sent in the corner from the right side of the pitch and found Drexhage on the far post for the 1-0 lead in the 69′.

Charlie Farrar was forced to make his lone save in the 73′.

Omwenga, Wesley Illes, and Randall continued to be denied by the post, hitting the crossbar twice. Kai Rymes would also be turned away by the post.

The Hawks pushed players forward as a long throw in from Lovett was deflected off Bates and corralled by Ademola to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the 85′.

Bates and Ademola would link up again in the 89′ to finish off the contest with the 3-0 victory.

Chowan (2-3 overall and 2-0 in league play) hosts non-conference opponent Coker in a midweek tilt on Wednesday, Sept.14.