BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat soccer team won their third match in a row with a 2-0 victory over the visiting West Virginia State Yellow Jackets Sunday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference match.
Wesleyan scored both of their goals in the first half.
Making her second start of the season, Orian Bar fired in a long shot outside the box past West Virginia State keeper Christin Walls for a goal in the 14th minute.
Natalie Pireu gave Wesleyan some breathing room with a goal in the 38th minute. She scored on a free kick as she launched a ball that found its way to the top right corner of the net.
That treated the Lady Bobcats to a 2-0 lead which they took into the half with them.
The Wesleyan defense did the rest of the work keeping West Virginia State off the scoreboard in the second half.
The Yellow Jackets best scoring chance of the half came in the 49th minute when Naomi Waithira broke free but her shot ricocheted off the crossbar.
Wesleyan trailed in shots-on-goal by a 5-3 margin while corner kicks were even at 2-2.
The Lady Bobcats were called for 13 fouls while West Virginia State was guilty of nine.
Bailey Hebui played the first half in net for Wesleyan and made two saves while Ally Moore saw action in the second half and turned away three shots.
Walls made one save for the Yellow Jackets.
West Virginia State dropped to 1-3-1 on the season while the Lady Bobcats improved to 3-1 on the year.
Wesleyan will be back at it today hosting Alderson Broaddus at 3 p.m.
West Virginia State 0 0 – 0
West Virginia Wesleyan 2 0 – 2
West Virginia Wesleyan – Orian Bar (unassisted), 14th minute.
West Virginia Wesleyan – Natalie Pireu (unassisted), 38th minute
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia State: 5; West Virginia Wesleyan 3.
Corner kicks – West Virginia State: 2; West Virginia Wesleyan 2.
Fouls – West Virginia State: 9; West Virginia Wesleyan 13.
Saves – West Virginia State: Christin Walls 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: Ally Moore 3; Bailey Heubi 2.