The Spring Hill College women's soccer team earned a 2-1 home victory over Southern Wesleyan University at Library Field on a hot and muggy Saturday afternoon.
SHC (2-3) scored first in 33rd minute off the foot of senior forward Alex Tovar of Miami, Fla., and then built out a 2-0 cushion in the 58th minute when sophomore midfielder Sara Uptmor of Cape Girardeau, Mo., was able to sneak a pass into junior Amber O'Connor of Ham Lake, Minn., who drove home the score.
Jackie Tubb of the visiting Lady Warriors (1-2) closed the gap to 2-1 in the 74th minute, but the Badgers then clamped down on defense and were able to hold on for the win.
SHC outshot SWU 12-11 and took eight corner kicks to just four for the Lady Warriors.
Senior SHC goalkeeper Emma Pitchford of Ridgeland, Miss., made four saves while Carissa McNabb made five saves for SWU.
SHC Head Coach Christian DeVries said after the game, "What was nice about today was that despite the issue with the heat, we were able to use 21 players in the first half alone and that allowed us to do the things that we wanted to do with fresher players in the second half."
"We still have some things we need to clean up, especially on defense in running set pieces," DeVries said. "If we clean up those problems, we'll continue to improve."
DeVries was also happy with the win despite the fact that his team is playing shorthanded. "We're nursing some injuries right now," he said. "Once we get back to full strength, we'll be a dangerous team."
Spring Hill (2-3) will next travel to Cleveland, Miss., to face NCAA Division 2 foe Delta State University on Wednesday at 1 p.m.