ELKINS – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats had to settle for a 1-1 tie with the Davis & Elkins Senators in their regular season finale Friday night in Mountain East Conference soccer action as the two teams battled for the sixth and final play-off spot in the MEC post-season tournament.
The good news for the Lady Bobcats was the tie was enough to secure them a bid into the MEC post-season tournament as the sixth seed.
The tournament features six teams with the top two from each division qualifying for the postseason. The division winners (based on division points) were awarded the top three seeds and were seeded based on overall conference points. The runner-up in each division were awarded the No. 4, 5 and 6 seeds based on overall conference points.
The three division winners were Concord (South), Frostburg State (Central) and Notre Dame (North). The Mountain Lions and Frostburg are seeded first and second, respectively, and receive a first-round bye. Notre Dame is seeded third.
Wesleyan finished second in the MEC Central Division with the tie with a 2-2-2 record, just ahead of the Senators who finished 2-3-1.
All the scoring in the game happened within the first six minutes of the opening whistle.
It took the Senators just 19 seconds to get on the board when Azalea Ayala sent a shot from the right side of the box into the bottom left corner of the net.
Wesleyan answered quickly with a goal just six minutes later.
Kayla Fay sent a pass to Casey Underwood who cut to the right side of the box and buried a shot in the lower left side of the net.
Despite two goals in the first six minutes of the game, neither team could find the back of the net the rest of regulation or two overtime periods.
Wesleyan held a huge statistical margin in shots on goal, leading Davis & Elkins by a 13-3 count.
Wesleyan also led in corner kicks by a 3-2 margin.
The Lady ‘Cats were guilty of 19 fouls while Davis & Elkins were called for 16.
Wesleyan’s Ally Moore made two saves while Anna Kerth made 11 for the Senators.
Davis & Elkins closed out their year with a 3-4-1 record.
The tie left Wesleyan with an overall mark of 4-2-2.
They were slated to visit third seed Notre Dame in the opening round of the MEC Tournament yesterday.
The winner of that game will visit Frostburg State Thursday in the semifinals.
West Virginia Wesleyan 1 0 0 0 – 1
Davis & Elkins 1 0 0 0 – 1
Davis & Elkins – Azalea Ayala (Alexa Karsel assist), 1st minute
West Virginia Wesleyan – Casey Underwood (Kayla Fay assist), 6th minute
Shots-on-goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: 13; Davis & Elkins: 3
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan: 3; Davis & Elkins: 2.
Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 19; Davis & Elkins 16.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Ally Moore 2; Davis & Elkins: Anna Kerth 11.