Macon, GA - On a night set aside to raise awareness about ALS, Wesleyan College played one of their strongest matches of the season in a 4-2 loss to Tennessee Temple University.
Wearing green jerseys and wristbands and covering the stands with posters highlighting some of the facts about the neurodegenerative disease, the Pioneers played very inspired on the offensive end of the field.
Tennessee Temple's Brenda Valseques scored two goals for the Crusaders in the first 28 minutes of the game, but Wesleyan's Linda Marie Tonn brought the Pioneers back into the game with her first career goal, scored off a deflection in the box.
After halftime, the Crusaders scored off a penalty kick and a corner kick before Wesleyan was able to get on the board for a second time. Playing a man down for nearly the entire second half, newcomer Cassie Daniels, whose presence on the field has opened up the Wesleyan offense, scored off of a perfectly headed pass from Ansley Teipel.
"We played one of our best matches tonight," stated Wesleyan head coach Ciaran Traquair. "I'm proud of our effort, especially considering we had to play down a man for much of the second half. I thought we showed great character under some difficult circumstances. We could have folded when we were forced to play with 10, but these girls picked it up a notch and even scored a goal on a great run. I thought Linda Marie [Tonn], Jessica [Suarez] and Chelsey [Thompson] all stepped up big for us in the second half on defense."
Wesleyan faces a tough road challenge on Saturday afternoon when they travel to league-leading Covenant College. Kick off is set for 5:00pm.