Spartanburg, S.C. -- Sophomores Bernie Sikes and Austin Somers played key factors tonight as the Wofford women's soccer team opened its 2004 home schedule with a 3-0 shutout over Guilford. The victory marks the first time since 2000 in which the Terriers have opened the season with a 2-0 record.
Wofford pulled the trigger early against the Quakers, as junior Megan Snaider tallied her first goal of the season at the 11:05 mark. Freshman Rachel Hyatt threw the ball into Snaider, who turned and fired a shot from 35 yards out and off the hands of Guilford's goalkeeper, Danielle Brisotti, to give the Terriers the lead.
Sikes began her efforts on the next goal, as she scored her second of the season at the 31:09 mark. With freshman Whitney Steelman taking a corner kick, Sikes set herself up inside the penalty area. Steelman played a curving shot which found Sikes' head and into the back of the net to give Wofford a 2-0 edge. The assist marked Steelman's first collegiate point.
The Terriers closed the scoring when Sikes returned the favor; however, this time it was to freshman Kara Bennewitz. Sikes took a shot which was bobbled by Brisotti and collected by Bennewitz who placed the ball into an open net for the final tally at 33:19.
In the second half, Wofford continued its offensive onslaught of the Quakers maintaining a 24-7 margin in shots, including a 15-1 ratio entering halftime.
"We played really well and came away with a great victory in our home opener," said head coach Amy Kiah. "This was another total team effort, as everyone contributed. It was exciting to see the freshmen really step up and play well, but also the veterans who helped contain Guilford on both ends of the field."
Somers posted two saves in collecting her first shutout of the season and eighth of her career. The eight shutouts ties her for third all-time in the Wofford record book with Lindsey Bigbie (1998-99). She also now has 98 saves to move past Bigbie (97) for third on the Terrier charts for career saves.
With the win, Wofford improves to 2-0 while the Quakers drop to 0-1.
- Wofford Sports Information