Nov. 1 Swannanoa Valley sports report

Tom Flynn
Special To The Black Mountain News


At the college level, the Valley’s winningest soccer team this fall remains the Warren Wilson Owls’ women’s squad. The Owls (7-4) made it four straight on Oct. 22 when they defeated Johnson & Wales – Charlotte in Swannanoa, 3-0. Jocelyn Hartung, Sierra Bell, and Chloe Riess all had goals for the home team.

Susie Lusardi had five saves in goal for Warren Wilson. In 11 starts this season, the sophomore has turned away 45 shots while allowing just ten goals.

Riess now has eight goals on the season, to go along with three assists, and continues to pace the Owls in scoring. Warren Wilson had a #9 ranking within the USCAA’s Division II heading into the contest against the Wildcats.

The Owls’ men’s side earned its second win of the season on Oct. 21 before dropping a road decision to Crown College to fall to 2-9. Warren Wilson was scheduled to conclude its 2018 season on Tuesday in Swannanoa when they hosted Johnson & Wales – Charlotte.

A greatly improved Montreat women’s squad was 5-6-3 late last week and scheduled to face Reinhardt University (10-6) on Oct. 28 in Black Mountain. Following that game, the Cavs were awaiting their seeding in the AAC conference tournament.

The Cavs’ men’s team scored a key 2-1 road victory against St. Andrews last week to move to 6-7-3 overall and stay in the AAC postseason picture at 3-5-2. Check back in next week for updates on Montreat as the conference tournament is set to begin on Nov. 2.


High Schools

Due to pending bad weather, Owen’s football game was bumped up to Thursday last week from a planned Friday start. The Warhorses were unfazed as they defeated Madison, 35-13, in Marshall on Oct. 25 to move to 3-1 in the Western Highlands Conference and 4-5 overall. The win was the third in four outings for Owen, and kept them in the mix for a potential 2A playoff berth.

The Owen Warhorses remained in the playoff hunt with a 35-13 win over Madison on Oct. 25.

Owen boys’ soccer extended the Valley’s longest current winning streak to 11 games with a 7-0 win over Mitchell last Wednesday. The Warhorses have outscored opponents 60-15 to move a 13-4 overall mark and a perfect 9-0 record in the conference to date. They were scheduled to return home for their 2018 regular season finale against Polk County (12-9-1) on Oct. 29.  

The Owen Warhorse soccer team was 9-0 against Western Highlands Conference opponents heading into their final game of the regular season against Polk on Oct. 29.

As reported this week, the Warlassies’ volleyball team concluded its 2018 season with a first-round playoff loss to North Lincoln on Oct. 23. See the article for more details on the match.