WEST LIBERTY – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat soccer team secured a berth in the upcoming Mountain East Conference tournament with a 1-0 win over the homestanding West Liberty Hilltoppers Sunday afternoon.
The Bobcats played most of the game a man up after West Liberty’s Tom Humphreys received a red card in the 23rd minute of the game.
The lone goal of the contest game in the 59th minute when Wesleyan’s Victor Medellin dribbled through the West Liberty defense and scored a goal inside the six-yard box.
The Bobcat defense and keeper Jeremy Collins made the goal stand up keeping the sheet clean for Wesleyan the final 31 minutes.
It was the seventh shutout of the season for the Bobcats.
Wesleyan owned a 9-1 margin in shots-on-goal while they had a slim 3-2 margin in corner kicks.
The Bobcats were guilty of 14 fouls while West Liberty was called for 10.
Collins made one save for Wesleyan while Noah Underwood made eight for West Liberty.
With just two games now remaining, Wesleyan has locked up a spot in the top four in the MEC standings.
They currently reside in fourth place with a 10-5-1 overall mark and a 9-4-1 league mark.
They are just one point behind third-place Urbana and four points behind second place Notre Dame.
The top four teams make the post-season tournament.
West Liberty dropped to 3-12-1 overall and 3-10-1 in the conference.
Wesleyan has two conference games remaining as they host Frostburg State today at 7 p.m. and they will visit Davis & Elkins College on Sunday for a 7:30 p.m. meeting.
The MEC Tournament is slated to get underway next Wednesday.
West Virginia Wesleyan 0 1 – 1
West Liberty 0 0 – 0
West Virginia Wesleyan – Victor Medellin (unassisted), 59th minute
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan 9, West Liberty 1.
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan 3; West Liberty 2.
Fouls– West Virginia Wesleyan 14; West Liberty 10.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Jeremy Collins 1; West Liberty: Noah Underwood 8.