Bobcats’ magical postseason run ends with loss to UC, 1-0

First-half goal allows top-seed Golden Eagles to advance in NCAA tourney

CHARLESTON— The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s soccer team’s  dramatic post season run ended Saturday night in Charleston.

Coach Gavin Donaldson’s crew fell, 1-0, to top seed  the University of Charleston in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Schoenbaum Stadium.

Robin Lapert scored the evening’s lone goal in the game’s 36th minute. His sixth goal of the season came on an assist from Kieran Bywater off a corner kick.

Wesleyan was able to apply some pressure at times in the contest, but was outshot by the Golden Eagles, 9-4. UC also led in corner kicks, 5-1.

Alessandro Armenia made eight saves on the night for the Bobcats. UC starting keeper Paulo Pita left the game with an injury. Ewen Le Gallo came in and played the final 30 minutes and made three saves to preserve the shutout.

Wesleyan’s NCAA appearance was the final act in what was a tremendous four-game series with the Golden Eagles on the season. UC won the season series, 2-1-1, but each contest had high drama and physical play. The season series included a 0-0 tie in Buckhannon and a 2-1 WVWC OT victory in the MEC Tournament Championship game.

Wesleyan ends the season with a 12-6-3 mark, with a Mountain East Conference Tournament title on the resume.

Charleston improves to 17-1-2. The Golden Eagles will play host to the next two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, including a matchup against West Chester next week. Game dates and times will be announced this week.

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