BLOOMSBURG (Pa.) – The magical run of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat soccer team came to an end here Friday evening against the Bloomsburg Huskies in a Sweet 16 match-up in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The Lady ‘Cats came up just short with a 2-1 defeat.
The two teams played to a 1-1 deadlock after 45 minutes of action.
Taylor Sneidman got Bloomsburg on the board with her fifth goal of the year in the 21st minute as she sent a shot from roughly 20 yards out over the head of Lady Bobcat keeper Chelsea Hubner.
Jessica Mulligan collected the assist on the goal — her first of the year.
Haelly Ramirez tied the game for Wesleyan in the 33rd minute with a header off a pass from Natalie Prater that got past Bloomsburg keeper Jenna Hawkins.
Lauren Hoelke scored the game-winner for Bloomsburg with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
Nicole Varano sent a pass into the box from roughly 20 yards out and Hoelke was able to out run the Wesleyan defense to the ball for the score.
Chrystal Posada put the lone shot on goal for Wesleyan in the final 15 minutes in the 84th minute but Hawkins came up with the save.
Bloomsburg outshot Wesleyan by a 10-2 margin and owned an 8-1 lead in corner kicks.
Wesleyan was guilty of 12 fouls while Bloomsburg was called for six.
Hubner and Ashlee Schumacher each played 45 minutes with both keepers making four saves.
Hawkins made one save for Bloomsburg.
The Huskies advanced to the Elite Eight as they improved their record to 17-2-3.
They were slated to play Bridgeport Sunday evening with the winner going to the Final Four.
The Lady Bobcats ended their season with a 13-2-6 overall record.
West Virginia Wesleyan 1 0 – 1
Bloomsburg 1 1 – 2
Bloomsburg – Taylor Sneidman (Jessica Milligan assist), 21st minute
West Virginia Wesleyan – Haelly Ramirez (Natale Prater assist), 33rd minute
Bloomsburg – Lauren Hoelke (Nicole Varano assist), 75th minute
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan: 2; Bloomburg: 10
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan: 1; Bloomsburg: 8
Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 12; Bloomsburg: 6
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Chelsea Hubner 4; Ashlee Schumacher 4; Bloomsburg: Jenna Hawkins: 1.