Game Notes: WSOC hosts pair of SSAC matches this weekend
By Matt Green
Sept. 30: Lady Hawks (1-6, 1-1 SSAC) vs. Belhaven (4-4-1, 2-1 SSAC), 2
Oct. 1: Lady Hawks vs. #21 William Carey (4-4, 2-1 SSAC), 5
ROME -- Still riding high from its first win of the season, the Shorter women's soccer team gets set to play at home for the first time in over month when it hosts Southern States Athletic Conference rivals Belhaven University and No. 21 William Carey University this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, at Ben Brady Field. The Lady Hawks (1-6, 1-1 SSAC), 3-2 winners over SSAC foe Spring Hill last Saturday, hope to make it three-in-a-row as they take the Ben Brady turf for the first time since Aug. 27. Belhaven has won two straight and three of its last four entering Friday's contest while William Carey is coming off a 2-1 upset at the hands of Brenau University on Tuesday.
Shorter is 1-1 all-time against Belhaven in women's soccer, having beaten the Blazers 2-1 in the last meeting between the schools on Oct. 3, 2009. Shorter and William Carey have never squared off in women's soccer as Saturday will be the first matchup between the Lady Hawks and Crusaders.
ON THE BOARD
The Lady Hawks put an end to their six-match losing streak with the win over Spring Hill on Saturday. The victory may have been Shorter's most complete performance of the season as the team managed three assists on three goals. Shorter's three goals against the Badgers nearly equaled its season total of four entering the game, and the victory capped a strong weekend for the Lady Hawks, who played well despite a lopsided 6-1 final score in a loss the night before against No. 11 Mobile. Shorter unleashed 13 shots in that loss to the Rams, hinting at an improved offensive attack that has struggled at times to create opportunities.
BACK ON TRACK?
While new addition Aline Bez Tamiosso has picked up a bit of the offensive slack, Shorter finally got two of its high-profile strikers in the scorebook last weekend. All-SSAC forwards Kelli Davis and Brandi Greenwald, who combined for 11 goals and 11 assists in 2010, each scored in Shorter's 3-2 win over Spring Hill -- their first goals of the season. Greenwald scored just 25 seconds into the match and Davis notched the eventual game-winner in the 67th minute.
After sitting out several games with a concussion, freshman midfielder Cintia Lamas is finally rounding into form as evidenced by her play in Shorter's 3-2 win over Spring Hill. Lamas, whose poise and savvy on the ball make her a valuable asset, assisted on Shorter's first two goals to help the Lady Hawks build a 2-0 lead. Those were the first two assists of her collegiate career, but a healthy Lamas is sure to continue creating opportunities for teammates.